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Brian Allan

BIOGRAPHY

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Brian Allan is a professional career artist with hundreds of paintings in private and corporate collections worldwide. Allan is a 4th generation native Californian who now resides in Laguna Beach California. A life long penchant for the production of new ideas would lead Allan to his life's passion - Abstract Painting. A friend and mentor once told Allan that " the best ideas have not been thought of yet" and Allan long ago inscribed those words on the tablet of his heart. "Creation is all and All is creation" would become his personal mantra and pattern for existence.


Allan was a gifted child who struggled with the process of structured learning. His scattered talents concerned his parents who introduced him to competitive tennis in 1966. An impressive junior tennis career would produce scholarship offers from across the country. Allan would elect not to attend college and his career as a Professional tennis player would be relatively short lived due to injuries. Allan would then pursue an opportunity in the field of furniture making. The creative aspects of furniture design would temporarily satisfy his need to explore and create, but would ultimately fall short and give way to a desire to express himself from deeper within. A curiosity about religion and spirituality would lead him into a seven-year journey of social detachment and quest for personal and spiritual understanding. Living outdoors in Hawaii in tents and caves gave Allan the lifestyle that could sustain his insatiable need for introspection.


It was during this period that Allan would design and make his own unique clothing that was conducive during this episode of self-imposed isolation. This would later lead to a position as a bathing suit and bodywear designer. Meditation and Mandala Art would lead him into an obsession with geometric forms and renderings. "For many years I was so obsessed with producing and pondering geometric configurations that I could think of little else, except how they might relate to the foundation of creation and life as I perceived it. One night as I gazed into a star clustered sky - I suddenly realized that my pre-suppositions about the role of geometry were short sighted and had completely overlooked its inseparable counterpart." This personal revelation would open the flood gates to an endless exploration into the genre of asymmetrical abstraction. A vision that embraces a belief in the symbiotic relationship between two inextricable opposites. The Order of Chaos would become Allan's new mantra as he continues to attempt to meld these self perceived primordial components into a universal commentary. The black circle has become Allan's unique signature which is symbolic of this endless cycle of order and disorder " Pure non-objective abstraction resides in the realm of the infinite... It does not concern itself with the finite objects most familiar to the dominant left brain."