Gill Allen – New Zealand Visual Artist
Based in the beautiful Horowhenua region of New Zealand with a focus on Semi-Abstracted Landscapes and Flowers.
The above video was recorded for the Manawatu Arts Trail 2021. http://www.communityarts.org.nz So grateful to Square Edge Community Arts for their amazing support.
This website follows the artists’ love of the natural world around her. It will take you into her studio space and reveal her process and use of mark-making and colour – welcome, enjoy your visit, and feel free to ask any questions… Gill’s paintings are a mix of landscape and flowers drawn and painted in both full colour and black and white. Her mark-making and drawing style emulate the movement and life found in nature.
Gill Allen’s frequent walks offer her panoramic views of the Tararuas. With a pencil and little sketchbook in her pocket she makes marks that hold a wildness. Bundled up in Gill’s landscapes, amongst the washes of viridian and splashes of cadmium and ochre, there is emotion. You can read more about the artist here… https://gillallen.co.nz/portfolio/about-the-artist/
My Father…a strong creative influence
My father’s words reflect my response to nature…vivid colour, texture, and atmosphere…
“Nature has waved her magic wand like a venerable fairy godmother to warm the hearts of bee lovers and give the bees the opportunity to fill their waxen cells with the aromatic nectar of the flowers; wild thyme from the chalk downs, the tall rosebay willowherb, the scented clover from the fields and wayside, the pendulous blossoms of the lime trees, and the pink bell heather just coming into bloom on Headon Hill. Up yonder in the apiary adjacent to the Highdown Inn – amid a canopy of giant bracken fronds and elm saplings, the beekeeper sits in his camping chair watching the winged harvesters come sailing in with their loads of colourful pollen and nectar. There is a continuous symphony of sounds from a thousand and more vibrating gossamer wings – music of the wild borne on the sun warmed winds from the west.” Bernard Allen 1904 – 1990