biography

Greg Allen’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in Nevada, California, and New Mexico, including the Santa Fe Museum of Modern Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, Nevada; the Las Vegas Art Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada; the Cydnie Maiss Gallery in Reno, Nevada; the Frank Hill Gallery in Reno, Nevada; Sun Mountain Artworks in Virginia City, Nevada; the Western Nevada Community College Art Gallery, in Fallon, Nevada; Gallery Cui-Ui and the River Gallery in Reno, Nevada.

His work is in many private collections spanning from Europe to South America and across the United States from California to Massachusetts, including the corporate office of Razorfish advertising agency in Portland, Oregon, and the headquarters of the Comstock Bank in Reno, Nevada.

Greg Allen was born 1961 in Los Angeles, California into an artistically and intellectually-gifted family. As a child, Greg drew prodigiously, and after high school he pursued a passion for technical rock climbing while earning a living as a freelance illustrator. Greg relocated to Reno, Nevada in 1989, where he performed as a vocalist in a local band until he was seriously injured in 1992. While recuperating, Greg taught himself to paint. His work immediately attracted the attention of collectors, and through word-of-mouth commissions and gallery representation he has sold more than 700 paintings.



the artist statement

My paintings capture a sense of place and time; the American West and the Age of Oil. The roadside motels and diners, gas stations and vehicles that fuel my depictions are the iconic outposts of a previous century. In the spare landscape and small towns of the West, post World War II architecture, signage and design are rendered as monoliths, deifying America at the height of its power.

My work is a celebration of a time before planned obsolescence, the last vestiges of craftsmanship and things well made in a country racing to put the first man on the moon. I paint monuments to places rapidly disappearing in the rush toward urban renewal, a momento mori of a bygone era.

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