Sandra Allik

Colorist painting


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#1 TEAL
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 44"


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Los Disparates/Flight
Acrylic with oil collage on canvas
22" x 30"


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Los Disparates/Taming the Ox
Acrylic on Canvas
28" x 28"


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The Black Cat
Oil on Canvas
44" x 57"


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Dream Themes
Acrylic on board with wood and copper
30" x 40"


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Standoff/MAD
Acrylic on Canvas
20" x 28"


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Burden's Point, Salvage
Acrylic on Canvas
14" x 18"


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Finding home
Acrylic on canvas
30" x 40"

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Artists' Statement:
When I tell people that I am an artist, they inevitably ask me, "What kind of work do you do?"
The answers to this question are complicated.

I have been painting for the last 30 years. A visit to my studio can look like several artists are at work there.

Many of my early paintings are representational, mostly stylized landscapes. I have experimented with abstraction, often incorporating words. I use acrylic and oil paints, copper, pastels, charcoal, carbon black, ash, and whatever I can find to make the surfaces come alive.

Color is the most important part of all my work, especially the vibrant primary and secondary colors - blue, yellow,and lots of red and green - both layered and opaque or translucent and fragile.

Within my current work I am attempting to suggest a narrative, not easy in 2015. Understandable storytelling in painting is very difficult unless everyone is familiar with the story. Centuries of religious art attest to this.

In these newer paintings I have placed an ambiguous, but knowable, creature in varying situations. These stagings are full of hidden personal meanings. I try to make the surfaces of the paintings vibrant and beautiful to the eye in an attempt to seduce the viewer who I then hope will become curious about what is going on. If I have succeeded, that viewer will enter behind the scenes and discern, perhaps my secrets, but more importantly, will start to imagine their own meanings and stories.

Please visit my studio and look.


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