Paintings by Allen Forrest

Artist’s statement:

Painting is a cross between a crap shoot, finding your way out of the woods, and performing a magic act. Each time I begin to paint I feel like I am walking a tightrope—sometimes scary, sometimes exciting, sometimes very quiet, and always, always surprising; leading me where I never expected to go. Doing art makes me lose all sense of time and place and go inside one long moment of creating. Whenever I feel a painting in my gut, I know this is why I paint. The colors are the message, I feel them before my mind has a chance to get involved. Color is the most agile and dynamic medium to create joy. And if you can find joy in your art, then you’ve found something worth holding on to.


Berlin in the 1920s Burlesque Dancer ink, 2017

Berlin in the 1920s Burlesque Dancer
ink, 2017

Blues Folks Country Guitarist ink, 2017

Blues Folks Country Guitarist
ink, 2017

Burnaby BC Winter Train oil on canvas panel, 8x10, 2016

Burnaby BC Winter Train
oil on canvas panel, 8×10, 2016

Classics Revisited: Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter ink, 2017

Classics Revisited: Vermeer, Girl Reading a Letter
ink, 2017

Klassic Karz 1958 Chevrolet Impala ink, digital color, 2017

Klassic Karz 1958 Chevrolet Impala
ink, digital color, 2017

Classics Revisited: Vermeer, The Music Lesson ink, 2017

Classics Revisited: Vermeer, The Music Lesson
ink, 2017

Klassic Karz 1965 Rambler Marlin ink, digital color, 2017

Klassic Karz 1965 Rambler Marlin
ink, digital color, 2017

Klassic Karz 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado ink, digital color, 2017

Klassic Karz 1967 Oldsmobile Tornado
ink, digital color, 2017

Random Actors Street Crossing ink, 2016

Random Actors Street Crossing
ink, 2016

Surrey BC Intersection Acciden oil on canvas panelc8x10, 2017

Surrey BC Intersection Acciden
oil on canvas panelc8x10, 2017

Vancouver BC Hastings and Main oil on canvas panel 8x10

Vancouver BC Hastings and Main
oil on canvas panel 8×10

Vancouver Transit 17 ink, 2017

Vancouver Transit 17
ink, 2017


Self Portrait Ink, 2016

Self Portrait
Ink, 2016

Graphic artist and painter Allen Forrest was born in Canada and bred in the U.S. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas.

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