Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York
May 17 - June 10, 2003
Monique Goldstrom Gallery presents the portrait, figure and landscape painting of Allen Hirsch.
Allen Hirsch has found his own unique means of expression through representational painting by combining his interests in optics, neuropsychology, and classical European art.
Hirsch's intense dedication on his work over the past 30 years has spanned several careers:
His interest in the enigma of surface and depth in painting resulted in his invention of "string painting" in the late 1990's. Specks of paint on an array of nylon strings suspended over a plain ground use the contructive abilities of our eyes and brain to recreate an image that appears to float within. This illustrates his idea of painting as "the translation of the seen back into the unseen."
His explorations with the self-portrait, which number in the thousands, reveal new connections between art and science. He has documented how personality is expressed through each side of the face, and how the brain projects it's own lateralization through the artist's hand.
As a portrait artist, Allen Hirsch was a favorite cover artist for TIME magazine. His portraits of Gaddafi, Khomeni, Gandhi, himself and others graced the covers during the mid-1980's and early 90's. He also painted the inaugural portrait of President Bill Clinton for the National Portrait Gallery in Washington in 1993.
As a landscape painter, he has painted the streets of New York for 20 years for which he earned a landscape award from the National Academy of Design museum in 1998. His interest in landscape painting as with portraiture is in capturing a psychological space illuminated inside the canvas. This show will include works from New York and Venezuela.
Allen Hirsch was born in Los Angeles, California in 1959. He studied art extensively in London, Florence, Syracuse and New York. His work has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, the White House, Sindin Gallery (NYC), Society of Illustrators, National Academy Museum, Ron Hall Gallery (Dallas), Quick Art Museum (NY), Louis Stern Fine Arts (Los Angeles), Allan Stone galleries (NYC) Indiana University Art Museum, and American Art (Carmel, CA).
Monique Goldstrom Gallery
560 Broadway (at Prince St.), Suite 303, NYC 10012