Eclectic: derives ideas, style or tastes from a wide range of diverse sources.
This is the definition of the work of Nathaniel Allen, artist exhibiting at the Johnson Center for the Arts.
Allen describes his work as “exploring ideation” and, he might add, with following eyes and possessing spiritual clarity.
Or, Allen might describe his job simply as extravagant and fun.
And that would be an understatement.
“I love weird things,” Allen said, with a “gotcha” glint in his eyes and that same glow is evident in every eye in Allen’s work. This understands you.
Brenda Campbell, Director of JCA, agrees that Allen’s work is as captivating as it is fun.
As we open the 2022 exhibition season at the Johnson Center for the Arts, we present Nathaniel Allen. His exhibition ‘Insequential Hits’ opens January 5 and will be on display in the Gibson Family Gallery until February 18.
“From chatting with Nathaniel, I learned that his love of art was born out of comics. As far back as he can remember he loved comics and even created one as an adult, ”Campbell said. “Many of his paintings and murals are in the style of comics. These works are joyful and make the viewer smile. On the other hand, his portraits have a depth that captures the spirit of his models whether human or animal. Hanna Mae’s portrayal radiates a father’s love for his daughter. “
Campbell said that Nathaniel’s talent and laid back personality make his work even more special. We hope everyone will come and meet Nathaniel at his reception on January 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Allen previously worked as a website production assistant, commercial printer, and owned and operated his own retail store specializing in art supplies comics, cult movie rentals, and toys.
Mr. Allen has created commissioned portraits, murals, book and magazine illustrations, logo designs, won various awards in juryed art exhibitions, and published sequential works of art in the British horror anthology “Hallowscream”.
He wrote and performed original music with the group The LG’s. He comes from a talented family which includes his aunt, Denise LaSalle and his uncle, James “Son” Thomas, one of the last bluesmen of the Mississippi Delta.
Both his parents were educators in their profession and passionate musicians.
Mr. Allen currently resides in Montgomery, AL with his wife Kristina and daughter Hanna.