Artists / Acrylic

Maura Allen

Prescott, AZ

“Native Americans, Lewis and Clark, Remington, Russell, and dime store magazines were among the West’s first storytellers, each offering unique views of life, the land, and its legends. Song and cinema soon added to the mix and mythology. The American West—past and present, real and romanticized—is the focus of my work.

“Ranches, rodeos, and vintage Main Street are my stage. I start each piece on location, looking directly into the sun. With details obscured, I seek out strong, iconic silhouettes—my way of telling the biggest story with the least amount of information possible. In my studio, working on wood, glass and steel, I weave contemporary Western moments with ‘Old West’ elements including vintage wallpaper designs, typography and other symbols. The result is a confluence of old and new, a push and pull of historic and modern—or as Western Art & Architecture magazine wrote recently, a feeling that ‘the past is always a keenly felt presence.’

“I grew up in Northern California around the corner from Stanford University, where the iconic Eadweard Muybridge’s stop-action images of a running horse were taken and now displayed. I fell in love with that silhouette and all that it said. I pursued Classical Studies at Stanford, learning about the Romans and how myth, literature, politics, religion, and social issues layer together in a time and place. I then came to realize, much the same happens right here in the American West—and knew those were the stories I wanted to paint. Featured in museum, corporate, and private collections nationwide, my work has been shown in galleries throughout the West for over 15 years. When I’m not on the road, Prescott, Arizona and the Williamson Valley are home. Late in the day, I like to watch the Santa Fe Railroad snake through the valley, just as it has for well over a century.”

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