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Allen Gorman, “Catwalk in the Roundhouse,” ©2020, Oil on Panel, 20 x 16 inches

Contemporary realist oil painter Allan Gorman shares paintings – and insights – from his recent series.


Since the beginning of the year, I have been making a series of paintings that explore plays of light and shadow in empty spaces.

Although it was completely intuitive, and a logical extension of some previous work, I feel the paintings evoke the poignancy of our forced solitary existence and the loneliness we all feel during the pandemic.

Allen Gorman, Highline Stairs at 23rd Street,” ©2020, Oil on Panel, 18 x 18 inches

Doing these paintings keeps me focused and productive, and I believe they’re a true representation of me as an artist and a human living during these weird times.

Going to the studio and working is a lot more purposeful and rewarding than vegging out in front of the TV all day.

I save that for the evenings when I come home. 😉

Allen Gorman, “Shadows at Kearny Point,” ©2020, Oil on Panel, 20 x 16 inches
Allen Gorman, “Empty Office with a Brick Wall,” ©2020, Oil on Panel, 20 x 16 inches
Allen Gorman, “Five Steps,” ©2020, Oil on Panel, 20 x 16 inches
Allen Gorman, “Shadows in the Gallery,” ©2019, Oil on Panel, 20 x 16 inches
Allen Gorman, “Afternoon on Jerome Avenue,” ©2020, Oil on Panel, 20 x 16 inches

Allan Gorman’s resume includes over 120 exhibition showings in museums, galleries, and major art fairs. He was the recipient of a Fellowship for Painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was awarded resident fellowships to Vermont Studio Center in 2011, 2014, and 2018. In 2016, he was selected for a fellowship residency by the ESKFF Foundation at Mana Contemporary. A number of the isolation paintings are in a solo show called “Summer Reflections” at the Beacon Art – Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor, N.J., through September 8, 2020. Gorman maintains a studio practice in Kearny, New Jersey.

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