Rebecca Allan
In Voltaire’s Garden
June 11 - August 18, 2018
Artist Reception: Saturday, July 7, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Artist Talk - Rebecca Allan with David Eichholtz

Rebecca Allan "In Voltaire's Garden"


Friendship is a trigger for the cultivation of wonder. It is also a springboard, giving us courage to take action, or to deepen our work as we learn from another's discipline. This body of work was created in response to travels in New Mexico, Kentucky, Lebanon, and Norway; and it is undergirded by the impact of friendships in those places—with naturalists, gardeners, and painters.  The landscape painter Robert Berlind (1938–2013), whose sharp elegance always reminded me of the playwright Voltaire, always made me think about the movements of vision and how we integrate the visible and interior worlds in painting.

 

My abstract paintings are catalyzed by the deep relationship that I have with deserts and deciduous landscapes, whether at the confluence of the Hudson and Harlem rivers that I see from my studio window, vibrant colors of gardens and in France or Lebanon, or the severe grandeur of northern Northern New Mexico.  I still believe that there is an essential place for the observation and translation of the landscape in our art. This is more important now than it has ever been, as the agencies of our government that are enlisted with protecting our wild lands and waters inconceivably refute that mission.

 

A painting, like a mountain, is a layered object. Beneath the "resolved" upper surface is a burial ground of efforts and failures that have been scraped away, reworked, slashed and jettisoned. Slashing, tearing, and flooding are forces that shape the land, and alter us. We are aware of these in relation to the rending of the ozone layer, or the devastation of streams filling with mining debris. In Voltaire’s play Candide, the naïve protagonist accepts that life is filled with difficulty, but he says that we must all cultivate our own gardens….and that is the only way—affirms his tutor, Pangloss—to make life bearable.  My paintings are, like gardens, an oasis for those who care about the enduring beauty of the landscape and who want to live in a world that contains the inconceivable complexity and ravishing beauty of the Earth.

 

Rebecca Allan

June 2, 2018

 

 

 

Rebecca Allan Grenadine Red Canyon (Abiquiu) Acrylic and peel collage on canvas 2016 52 x 60 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Grenadine Red Canyon (Abiquiu)
Acrylic and peel collage on canvas
2016
52 x 60 inches
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Rebecca Allan Landscape for 18 Musicians Taos after Steve Reich 2017 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 40 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Landscape for 18 Musicians/Taos (after Steve Reich)
Acrylic on canvas
2017
30 x 40 inches
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Rebecca Allan Garden During the Eclipse Acrylic on paper 2017 5 x 15.5 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Garden During the Eclipse
Acrylic on paper
2017
5 x 15.5 inches
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Rebecca Allan Peach Landscape near Ojo Caliente 2017 Acrylic on paper 5.75 x 8 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Peach Landscape near Ojo Caliente
Acrylic on paper
2017
5.75 x 8 inches
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Rebecca Allan Deep Purple Mesa Acrylic on paper 2016 6.75 x 9 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Deep Purple Mesa
Acrylic on paper
2016
6.75 x 9 inches
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Rebecca Allan Bitterroot Mesa Acrylic on paper 2017 6 x 8 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Bitterroot Mesa
Acrylic on paper
2017
6 x 8 inches
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Rebecca Allan Phosphorescent Mesa 2016 Acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Phosphorescent Mesa
Acrylic on canvas
2016
11 x 14 inches
$2,700  
Rebecca Allan Lemonade Springs Mesa for Wallace Stegner 2017 Acrylic on canvas 11 x 14 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Lemonade Springs Mesa (for Wallace Stegner)
Acrylic on canvas
2017
11 x 14 inches
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Rebecca Allan Rain in the Arroyo 2017 Acrylic on canvas 14 x 11 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Rain in the Arroyo
Acrylic on canvas
2017
14 x 11 inches
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Rebecca Allan Black Mesa with Emerald Pool Acrylic on canvas 2018 24 x 18 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Black Mesa with Emerald Pool
Acrylic on canvas
2018
24 x 18 inches
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Rebecca Allan Juniper Trees in a Culvert Taos New Mexico 2017 Acrylic on canvas 24 x 18  Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Juniper Trees in a Culvert / Taos, New Mexico
Acrylic on canvas
2017
24 x 18 inches
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Rebecca Allan Voltaire’s Garden Love Letter to Lebanon 2016 Acrylic on canvas 52 x 60 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Voltaire’s Garden (Love Letter to Lebanon)
Acrylic on canvas
2016
52 x 60 inches
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Rebecca Allan Ice and Moss Mountain Field 2015 Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Ice and Moss Mountain Field
Acrylic on canvas
2015
30 x 30 inches
$6,800  
Rebecca Allan From Geirangerfjord Norway to Pine Mountain Kentucky Acrylic on canvas 2014-17 64 x 60 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
From Geirangerfjord Norway to Pine Mountain Kentucky
Acrylic on canvas
2014-17
64 x 60 inches
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Rebecca Allan Tilting Sky and Grey Mesa 2016 Acrylic on paper 
6 x 8 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Tilting Sky and Grey Mesa
Acrylic on paper
2016
6 x 8 inches
 
Rebecca Allan The Pedernal with Lavender Sky 2016 Acrylic on paper 6.5 x 9 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
The Pedernal with Lavender Sky
Acrylic on paper
2016
6.5 x 9 inches
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Rebecca Allan Techtonic Choreography 2013 Acrylic on paper 5.75 x 17 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Techtonic Choreography
Acrylic on paper
2013
5.75 x 17 inches
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Rebecca Allan Night River Near Geirangerfjord_ Norway 2014
Acrylic on canvas 11 x 13 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Night River Near Geirangerfjord, Norway
Acrylic on canvas
2014
11 x 13 inches
$2,700  
Rebecca Allan Chaparral in Winter Acrylic on canvas 2010  54 x 46 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
Chaparral in Winter
Acrylic on canvas
2010
54 x 46 inches
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Rebecca Allan High Road to Taos along the Rio Grande 2017 Acrylic on canvas 42 x 50 Available at David Richard Gallery New York (DavidRichardGallery.com) Rebecca Allan
High Road to Taos along the Rio Grande
Acrylic on canvas
2017
42 x 50 inches
$10,000