Left – Robert F Allen, and Right – Kevin L Miller, of ALLEN MILLER ARTS

Beaded masks from Robert’s “Spirit & Nature” series, and compositions from Kevin’s “Eternal Truths” series are now available as 5″ x 7″ cards, blank inside, and 13″ x 19″ signed posters. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our online Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

THE ARTWORKS OF ROBERT F ALLEN & KEVIN L MILLER ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS AFFORDABLE GREETING CARDS, POSTERS, & PRINTS. VISIT OUR ETSY SHOP: Click on any photo to go directly to our Etsy shop, offering all of these items:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts or email us directly at Kevin@AllenMillerArts.com &/or KLMillerIF@hotmail.com .

 

THE ART OF ROBERT F ALLEN IS NOW AVAILABLE AS 5″ X 7″ GREETING CARDS (BLANK INSIDE,) AND 13″ X 19″ SIGNED POSTERS & PRINTS:

“SPIRIT AND NATURE” SERIES of Cards, and signed Posters and Prints by Robert F Allen

SNOW LEOPARD – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

MOOSE – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

POLAR BEAR in STREAM – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

GIRAFFE – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

MAGIC RAINBOW BEAR – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

POLAR BEAR in SNOW – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

TIGER – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

GANESHA – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster.  FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/AllenMillerArts

KOKO – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

RHINO – beaded mask by Robert F Allen, photographed in nature to create this 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

Robert F Allen with his beaded mask, RHINO, in his woods in South Central Pennsylvania, where he and Kevin L Miller live and work

Mix and match Kevin’s &/or Robert’s designs in sets of nine cards. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

ROBERT F ALLEN TEXTURED PAINTINGS SERIES reproduced as cards, posters & prints

ESCAPE! – 5×7 ft textured painting by Robert F Allen, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

A WINTER WALK – 4×8 ft textured painting by Robert F Allen, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster.    FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

MATTER of the HEART – 4×7 ft textured painting by Robert F Allen, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or a 13″ x 19″ signed print (unframed.) FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

TREE TAG – 4×7 ft textured painting by Robert F Allen, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

THE ART OF KEVIN L MILLER IS NOW AVAILABLE AS 5″ X 7″ GREETING CARDS (BLANK INSIDE,) AND 13″ X 19″ POSTERS & PRINTS:

“ETERNAL TRUTHS” SERIES of Cards, and signed Posters and Prints by Kevin L Miller

“ETERNAL TRUTHS” Series by Kevin L Miller – available as 5″ x 7″ cards, blank inside, or an 18″ x 24″ signed poster, pictured above, of all nine images, or a 13″ x 19″ signed posters of each individual image.         FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

LOVE – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

PEACE – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

WISDOM – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

TRUTH – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

JOY – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

GRATITUDE – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

HOPE – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

ETERNITY – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

CREATIVITY – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

“SPECIFIC SITUATIONS” SERIES of Cards, and signed Posters and Prints by Kevin L Miller. The posters and prints are available with or without words as part of the compositions.

SORRY – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with or without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

IT’S YOUR DAY… Have a Great Birthday!! – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card,  blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with our without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

I LOVE YOU! – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with or without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

PARTY!! – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with or without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

LIFE GOES ON… But I Miss You!… – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card,  blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with our without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

YOU DID IT! Congratulations! – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with or without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

FEEL BETTER SOON! – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card,  blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with our without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

SINCERE SYMPATHY – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card,  blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with our without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

THANK YOU! – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card,  blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster, with our without words. FREE SHIPPING in the USA: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

5″ x 7″ HOLIDAY CARDS, BLANK INSIDE, BY KEVIN L MILLER, also available as 13″ x 19″ signed posters

ANGELS OF OUR BETTER NATURE – iPad Pro holiday card by Kevin L Miller reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card,  blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

SILENT NIGHT – iPad Pro holiday card by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

SAINT NICHOLAS – iPad Pro holiday card by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ card, blank inside, or 13″ x 19″ signed poster. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

KEVIN L MILLER 13″ x 19″ SIGNED ART PRINTS AND 5″ x 7″ CARDS, REPRODUCED FROM ORIGINAL PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS

OUTCROPPINGS – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or a 13″ x 19″ signed print (unframed.) FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

OAK LEAVES – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or a 13″ x 19″ signed print (unframed.) FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

PENNSYLVANIA LANDSCAPE – 2×4 ft oil painting by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or a 13″ x 19″ signed print (unframed.) FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

AUTUMN SPLENDOR – iPad Pro art by Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or a 13″ x 19″ signed print (unframed.) FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

FIREBIRD VISITS the ELDERS (permanent collection of Mannheim Township Public Library) – 3 x 4 ft canvas by Robert F Allen and Kevin L Miller, reproduced as a 5″ x 7″ greeting card, blank inside, or a 13″ x 19″ signed print (unframed.) FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

13″ x 19″ SIGNED ENVIRONMENTAL POSTERS BY KEVIN L MILLER

13″ x 19″ signed environmental posters by Kevin L Miller. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

13″ x 19″ signed environmental posters by Kevin L Miller. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

Kevin L Miller with some of his 13″ X 19″ signed environmental posters. FREE SHIPPING in the USA from https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts

 

THE ARTWORKS OF ROBERT F ALLEN & KEVIN L MILLER ARE NOW AVAILABLE AS AFFORDABLE GREETING CARDS, POSTERS, & PRINTS. VISIT OUR ETSY SHOP: Click on any photo above to go directly to our Etsy shop, offering all of these items:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/AllenMillerArts or email us directly at Kevin@AllenMillerArts.com &/or KLMillerIF@hotmail.com

 

 

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30 presents

“PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!… Texture Is Part of the Experience”

large textured paintings by Robert F. Allen

Jen and Viviana Arnold enjoy rouching the textured paintings of Robert F. Allen

Jen and Viviana Arnold enjoy rouching the textured paintings of Robert F. Allen

Yes! Robert does want you to touch the art! Bring your friends and children for this rare chance to “see” the art with your fingers as well as your eyes.

 July 2 through 27, 2014

Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-5pm (Closed Mon)

ARTIST’S RECEPTION is part of “Art on Tap 5.2.7” Friday, July 11, 2014, 5:00–7 pm

Meet the artist and touch the art! Admission: $7 includes 2 drink tickets for All Saints Brewing Co beer or wine. $5 for non-alcoholic drinks, hors d’oeuvres & live music.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30

Address: 4764 State Route 30, Greensburg, PA 15601 (just southeast of Pittsburgh) 

(for GPS: 1000 Village Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601)

 724/837-1500 www.wmuseumaa.org

Or contact Robert F. Allen for more information: studio: 717-927-9405; cell: 215-837-8171; email: robertallen32@hotmail.com -or- Kevin@AllenMillerArts.com

 Allen MU Escape and red shirt kids Sept 2013 cropped

1,600 school children, K – 3rd grade, visited “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” when the exhibit was on display at Manchester University, Indiana, Fall, 2013.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30 "PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!" -- Large textured paintings by Robert F. Allen. L - R: "Beneath the Facade," and "Stained Glass," and "Heat Lightning"

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30 “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” — Large textured paintings by Robert F. Allen. L – R: “Beneath the Facade,” and “Stained Glass,” and “Heat Lightning”

Robert F. Allen grew up with his pet raccoon in a tiny cabin that he built behind his family home deep in the woods, 50 miles north of Syracuse, NY. A self-taught artist from birth, Robert graduated with honors and won a full scholarship in architecture to Syracuse University. Instead, he decided to attend the “university of the world” by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, living in Japan, Bangladesh, The Philippines, and U.S.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, Robert F. Allen's 4 x 6 ft paintings "The Story," and "The Last Supper" are two of 36 paintings on exhibit in July, 2014

Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, Robert F. Allen’s 4 x 6 ft paintings “The Story,” and “The Last Supper” are two of 36 paintings on exhibit in July, 2014

"Tree Tag," 4 x 6 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2014

“Tree Tag,” 4 x 6 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2014

Today Robert lives and paints on 12 acres deep in the woods near the Susquehanna River, with an art studio, a 150-year-old barn art gallery, and a small cottage. He has a special connection with animals. 100 large colorful koi live in his half-acre pond. He walks along the stream with his five dogs. Eight tropical birds live in his painting studio.

One of Robert F. Allen's four 4-sided painting pillars stands between "Midnight" on the left and "Refraction" on the right at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, July 2014

One of Robert F. Allen’s four 4-sided painting pillars stands between “Midnight” on the left and “Refraction” on the right at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, July 2014

Robert F. Allen's July 2014  exhibition at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30 opens with his 4 x 8 ft acrylic on canvas, "A Winter Walk," and "Sky People," 4x6 ft acrylic on canvas

Robert F. Allen’s July 2014 exhibition at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30 opens with his 4 x 8 ft acrylic on canvas, “A Winter Walk,” and “Sky People,” 4×6 ft acrylic on canvas

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Robert Allen with “Matter of the Heart” at Manchester University’s “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART” show in 2013.

Four 4-sided painting pillars are exhibited in Robert F. Allen's July 2014 show at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @3t 30. L-R: "Susan's Hues," 4x8 ft acrylic on canvas "Meeting," and 4x7 ft "Matter of the Heart"

Four 4-sided painting pillars are exhibited in Robert F. Allen’s July 2014 show at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @3t 30. L-R: “Susan’s Hues,” 4×8 ft acrylic on canvas “Meeting,” and 4×7 ft “Matter of the Heart”

L-R: Robert F. Allen's 4x8 ft acrylic on canvas "Forest Cathedral" and "Encription," and "Neon Dream," and two of his four 4-sided pillars of paintings are visible in this photo from "PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!" at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, July 2014.

L-R: Robert F. Allen’s 4×8 ft acrylic on canvas “Forest Cathedral” and “Encription,” and “Neon Dream,” and two of his four 4-sided pillars of paintings are visible in this photo from “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30, July 2014.

 

Robert F. Allen's most recent highly textured acrylic on canvas, "Tree Tag," and his 2013 canvas "Escape!" are on exhibit as part of "PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!" July, 2014, at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30.

Robert F. Allen’s most recent highly textured acrylic on canvas, “Tree Tag,” and his 2013 canvas “Escape!” are on exhibit as part of “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” July, 2014, at Westmoreland Museum of American Art @rt 30.

Center detail from "Escape!" -- a 4x7 ft acrylic painting on canvas by Robert F Allen, 2013

Center detail from “Escape!” — a 4×7 ft acrylic painting on canvas by Robert F Allen, 2013

Manheim Township Public Library presents:

 “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!… Texture is Part of the Experience”

70 large textured paintings by Robert F Allen

Exhibition Dates: Dec 10, 2013 – Feb 28, 2014

M-W 10-8; Th-Fri 10-5; Sat 9-4; Sun closed

Jen and Viviana Arnold enjoy touching Robert's paintings

Jen and Viviana Arnold enjoy touching Robert’s paintings

Yes! Robert does want you to touch the art!

Bring your friends and family for this rare chance to “see” the art with your fingers as well as your eyes.

Robert F Allen with his 4x7 ft acrylic painting on canvas, "Matter of the Heart," 2013

Robert F Allen with his 4×7 ft acrylic painting on canvas, “Matter of the Heart,” 2013

You Are Invited to the ARTIST’S RECEPTION:

Friday, Jan 10, 2014, 5:30 – 9 pm

Meet the artist and touch the art!

FREE Wine, soft drinks, food, live music and 70 large paintings throughout the library. Bring a carload of friends and make a party of it!

"Meeting," 4x8 ft acrylic on canvas, Robert F Allen, 2013

“Meeting,” 4×8 ft acrylic on canvas, Robert F Allen, 2013

Get your photo taken with this group!

Manheim Township Public Library is easy to find

Manheim Township Public Library is easy to find

Manheim Township Public Library is located in OverlookPark, just north of Lancaster. From Route 30 drive northwest on Fruitville Pike about a mile. Turn right at the Overlook Park sign to 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA17601 — 717-560-6441

Manheim Twp Library construction poster super cropped IMGP1656 

1,600 school children, K – 3rd grade, visited“PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” when the exhibit was on display at Manchester University, Indiana, Fall, 2013. Now the exhibition has expanded to 70 large paintings on display at Manheim Township Public Library.

Groups of kids love to visit "PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!" and feel the deep texture of the paintings. They often bring their parents back for a second visit.

Groups of kids love to visit “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!” and feel the deep texture of the paintings. They often bring their parents back for a second visit.

“Outsider Artist” Robert F. Allen grew up with his pet raccoon in a tiny cabin that he built behind his family home deep in the woods, 50 miles north of Syracuse, NY. A self-taught artist from birth, Robert graduated with honors and won a full scholarship in architecture to SyracuseUniversity. Instead, he decided to attend the “university of the world” by serving in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, living in Japan, Bangladesh, The Philippines, and U.S.Today Robert lives and paints on 12 acres deep in the woods near the Susquehanna River, with an art studio, a 150-year-old barn art gallery, and a small cottage. He has a special connection with animals. 100 large colorful koi live in his half-acre pond. He walks along the stream with his five dogs. Eight tropical birds live in his painting studio.

Scroll down in this blog through the previous several posts to learn more about Robert F. Allen and his exciting “outsider art.” And don’t miss this opportunity to attend a museum-scale art exhibition and actually run your hands over the paintings. Who knows how long it will be before another artist invites you to “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART!”

Kids especially enjoy putting their own hands in the hand prints that are part of Robert's painting "The Story," inspired by cave art.

Kids especially enjoy putting their own hands in the hand prints that are part of Robert’s painting “The Story,” inspired by cave art.

Bring your friends and family and celebrate the New Year with Robert and me and lots of your friends and neighbors!

All the best in 2014! — Kevin Miller

 

by Kevin L. Miller

"The Last Supper," 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

“The Last Supper,” 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

Robert F. Allen has become my very favorite living American “Outsider Artist.” His 4 ft x 7 ft new painting of 13 animals, entitled “The Last Supper,” is a prime example of vernacular, primitive “outsider art.” Sarah Boxer’s article “The Rise of the Self-Taught Artists” in The Atlantic, September, 2013, declares “Outsider artists—visionary, schizophrenic, primitive, psychotic, obsessive, compulsive, untutored, vernacular, self-taught, naive, brut, rough, raw, call them what you will—are insiders now… At this moment, the universe of outsider art is huge. And it’s being enthusiastically embraced—one might say swallowed whole—by the contemporary-art world. Art fairs, biographies, retrospectives, and collections are springing up in the name of outsider art. Insiders are borrowing outsider art for their installations.”

Right side detail of "The Last Supper," by Robert F. Allen, 2013

Right side detail of “The Last Supper,” by Robert F. Allen, 2013

Robert is certainly not schizophrenic or psychotic, but the other elements of the “outsider artist’s” profile fit him like a glove. An editorial “in praise of outsider art” in The Guardian, August 7, 2013, says, “Outsider art is made by people who, through mental or physical isolation, live beyond the reach of cultural conditioning.” Robert was born into profound poverty in the back woods 50 miles north of Syracuse. His family was so dysfunctional that as soon as he could wield tools, he made a small shelter for himself out in the woods behind the family home, and lived there with his pet raccoon Cooner, whom he raised from infancy.

Left side detail of "The Last Supper" by Robert F. Allen, 2013.

Left side detail of “The Last Supper” by Robert F. Allen, 2013.

To make his “mental and physical isolation” even more complete, Robert sustained severe brain trauma at age 13, when his abusive step father carelessly allowed a cut tree to fall on his head. His sisters, attempting to help their mother care for baby Robert, poured motor oil in his ears and burned out his eardrums. He was nearly deaf throughout his childhood, but nobody discovered the condition because he was so adept at lip-reading. Now he has an implanted mechanical eardrum, but he still cannot hear anyone unless he is looking at their lips.

His brain and ear injuries have made reading very difficult for Robert, but he gained an almost savant-like spacial intelligence and an uncanny connection with animals. He can solve any Rubik’s cube in 90 seconds at lightning speed, and he knows when any woodland animal is nearby even on a pitch black moonless night. Just before I began writing this post, Robert came in from the woods and told me that he had just had a very special close encounter with a wild red fox beside our pond. Robert talked to the beautiful animal who allowed him to walk right up to it. Animals seem to sense that Robert has no fear and nothing but goodwill for them.

"The Last Supper," Robert F. Allen's 2013 acrylic on canvas is shown taped to the side of our 12-foot art trailer for photographing before stretching onto the sturdy pine stretchers that Robert constructs.

“The Last Supper,” Robert F. Allen’s 2013 acrylic on canvas is shown taped to the side of our 12-foot art trailer for photographing before stretching onto the sturdy pine stretchers that Robert constructs.

Very soon now, we will load scores of Robert’s paintings and my own into our 12-foot art trailer pictured above, and take them to North Manchester, Indiana in order to install our two, tandem one-man shows at Manchester University. Robert F. Allen’s show, “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART! — Texture Is Part of the Experience,” will be at Link Gallery, Winger Building, Sept 13 – Nov 19, 2013; Artist’s Reception Oct 5, 11 am – 1 pm.

Kevin L. Miller’s retrospective, “UTOPIA AND APOCALYPSE — Seven Decades Re-imagined,” will be across the street from Robert’s show in Gallery G, upper level Union, Sept 16 – Dec 4, 2013; Artist’s Reception Oct 4, 4 – 6 pm. Kevin’s presentation “TOLERATING CREATIVITY — A Profit and Loss Analysis,” followed by a conversational tour of his exhibit, will be offered Oct 3, 7pm, upper level Union.

 

by Kevin L. Miller

"A Winter Walk," 4 ft x 8 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

“A Winter Walk,” 4 ft x 8 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

Robert built himself a tiny shelter in the woods behind his family home in the sticks north of Syracuse when he was growing up, and lived there with his pet raccoon, Cooner, who was fiercely protective of the artist as a young man. Robert tells the story of a time when his abusive step father raised a hand to hit him, but Cooner attacked and nearly shredded that hand. The man found it easier to leave Robert alone after that. Robert’s intense devotion to the animal kingdom is evident in his new, highly textured 4 ft x 8 ft canvas, “A Winter Walk.”

"A Winter Walk," acrylic on canvas, detail of Scrappy the dog, Robert F. Allen, 2013

“A Winter Walk,” acrylic on canvas, detail of Scrappy the dog, Robert F. Allen, 2013

 

Robert has always loved animals, nature, and the elements. His personal connection with his favorite of five dogs — Scrappy — is evident in “A Winter Walk,” which depicts “Crappy,” as Robert calls him, trudging through the snow in a cityscape. The acrylic painting so intensely textured that the dog stands 3/4 inch above the canvas in some places. The cold pelting snow is palpable, as is the clear intention of the dog to get to his destination. Robert has captured that admirable ability of dogs to focus completely on a task. He paints with that concentration.

"Matter of the Heart," 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

“Matter of the Heart,” 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

For the last five years, until just recently, Robert F. Allen had painted prolifically in a purely abstract expressionist style, reminiscent of the work of Jackson Pollock. Suddenly, he exploded that paradigm several months ago and has now produced four major representational canvases, in which some objects are recognizeable and some forms are abstract. In his most recent 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic painting, “Matter of the Heart,” Robert’s love of Jackson Pollock’s airborn paint application techniques is still visible in the background behind an obvious heart shape, a big crown, and some cactus-like forms. The texture is increasingly intense in Robert’s work, as he draws parts of his paintingts by squeezing lines and swirling piles of paint directly out of the tubes onto his canvases. Many of his pieces look like edible confections, and they are certainly candy for the eyes. The overall effect is very tactile and sensuous.

"Matter of the Heart," detail from the center right side of the 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

“Matter of the Heart,” detail from the center right side of the 4 ft x 7 ft acrylic on canvas by Robert F. Allen, 2013

Robert is currently working on another large canvas full of many highly textured animals, and he has said that he hopes to complete yet another major painting before his one-man show at Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana, Link Gallery, Winger Building, Sept 13 — Nov 19, 2013. His artist’s reception will take place in Link Gallery on Saturday, Oct 5, 11 am — 1 pm. The show is entitled, “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART — Texture Is Part of the Experience.” The public is invited to meet Robert F. Allen and run their hands over his highly textured canvases. He also plans to show some of his highly detailed inlaid hardwood tables and painted chairs.

 

 

by Kevin L. Miller

 

"Neon Dream," Robert F. Allen, 4 x 8 ft acrylic on canvas, July 2013

“Neon Dream,” Robert F. Allen, 4 x 8 ft acrylic on canvas, July 2013

PLEASE TOUCH THE ART! — Texture is Part of the Experience

 Robert F. Allen – paintings, hardwood art, and furniture

Link Gallery – Winger Building, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana

Sept 13 – Nov 19, 2013. Artist’s Reception, 11 am – 1 pm, Saturday, Oct 5, 2013

Above is Robert's new painting "Neon Dream" displayed for photographing before stretching. The 4 x 8 ft canvas is taped to the side of the artists' new 12-ft long art trailer that used to haul someone's motorcycles until just recently. On Sept 10 Robert and Kevin will leave their studios at Sawmill Run in South Central PA in a truck pulling this trailer, both fully loaded with art for their tandem one-man shows at Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana. Robert's show will be Sept 13 - Nov 19, 2013, and Kevin's will be Sept 16 - Dec 4.  Robert's opening reception will be in Link Gallery, Winger Building, Saturday Oct 5, 11 am - 1 pm. Kevin's opening reception will be in Gallery G, MU Union, Friday Oct 4, 4 - 6 pm

Above is Robert’s new painting “Neon Dream” displayed for photographing before stretching. The 4 x 8 ft canvas is taped to the side of the artists’ new 12-ft long art trailer that used to haul someone’s motorcycles until just recently. Soon Robert and Kevin will leave their studios at Sawmill Run in South Central PA in a truck pulling this trailer, both fully loaded with art for their tandem one-man shows at Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana. Robert’s show will be Sept 13 – Nov 19, 2013, and Kevin’s will be Sept 16 – Dec 4, 2013. The opening reception for Robert F. Allen’s show will be in Link Gallery, Winger Building, Saturday, Oct 5, 11 am – 1 pm. Kevin L. Miller’s opening reception will be in Gallery G, MU Union, Friday Oct 4, 2013, 4 – 6 pm.

I saw Robert’s new painting “Neon Dream” the first time he pronounced it “finished.” He had been working on it for more than a week and actually continued working on it for the rest of that afternoon, pronouncing it “finished” every half-hour for several hours until it actually was finished. I am frankly more excited right now about Robert’s art than my own. He has had a real breakthrough. His new 4 ft x 8 ft acrylic on canvas has simply gob-smacked my art-brain, teased my tickler, and shocked me to the quick. It is beautiful, fun, and outrageously good!With “Neon Dream” Robert has shattered his own art paradigm and blazed entirely new trails into unknown and mysterious universes. He is now in territory I have seldom seen anybody else explore. I have not been this inspired by another artist since I discovered Wassili Kandinsky and Roy De Forest. I know I should not be surprised after watching this benevolent dynamo work for over 16 years, to witness him opening up yet another new frontier. But I am constantly amazed by our “Saint Superman.” It is so rare that one sees any human being do something totally unique and new, but Robert does it over and over again. He is an engine of uninhibited change, exploration and invention. He is apparently fearless.

This oblique view of a small section of Robert F. Allen's "Neon Dream" shows the richly textured surface of the painting. And YES... He really DOES want you to touch his art. Very few artists will allow such personal interaction with their work, but Robert wants you to feel the texture as well as see it.

This oblique view of a small section of Robert F. Allen’s “Neon Dream” shows the richly textured surface of the painting. And YES… He really DOES want you to touch his art. Very few artists will allow such personal interaction with their work, but Robert wants you to feel the texture as well as see it.

“Neon Dream” is not like Robert’s previous canvases although it is clearly from the same facile hand and free spirit. It features distinct abstract objects and shapes, made of swashes, splatters, squiggles, splats, drips and sprays of mist, floating on a black background. After completing that compelling composition over more than a week of work, I would have happily stopped, but Robert was not satisfied. He wanted more. So, he completely abandoned all tools and began squeezing thick strands of luminous paint directly out of the paint tubes, creating thickly textured, dynamic drawings on top of his more conventional painting. The final product is a canvas laden with luxurious icing ropes, candy pigment ribbons and creamy mounds of rich shining paint. It looks like a decorated cake or pastry. One wants to eat it! In many areas of the canvas, the paint stands almost an inch above the surface, creating an effect like a mosaic or a bas relief or a molded confection. When intense color is added to this sensuous texture, it is a very decorative and beautiful painting, and yet it is deeply mysterious and compelling, too.

This close-up detail of the center of Robert F. Allen's "Neon Dream" shows several of the principal abstract objects featured in the 4 x 8 ft acrylic on canvas. When Robert was asked what he was thinking about as he painted the object in the lower left corner, he said, "a series of pulleys with a rope laced through them." He explained that the neon-like squiggle rising from that object was the pulleys' fart.  The triangle at the top is a net-like canopy descending from above. The zig-zag white lines with red dots started as pine branches but evolved into lightning. The wheel represents the sun, shining on the gigantic flower below.

This close-up detail of the center of Robert F. Allen’s “Neon Dream” shows several of the principal abstract objects featured in the 4 x 8 ft acrylic on canvas. When Robert was asked what he was thinking about as he painted the object in the lower left corner, he said, “a series of pulleys with a rope laced through them.” He explained that the neon-like squiggle rising from that object is the pulleys’ fart. The triangle at the top is a net-like canopy descending from above. The zig-zag white lines with red dots started as pine branches but evolved into lightning. The wheel represents the sun, shining on the gigantic flower below.

This work is a true breakthrough, and like all such miraculous events, it spawns more. Robert already has visions for many paintings in this same new vein, which I believe is unique, in that it is unlike any canvases I have seen from other artists. We rarely see anything authentically new and unique in art or any other field. Whenever that happens, the new frontier must be explored. Robert F. Allen’s “Neon Dream” not only shows us fearlessly uninhibited new techniques in painting, but it creates its own unexplored universe. Entering into the canvas, we find ourselves floating in space, looking at new celestial objects, phenomena and events, and wondering what strangely beautiful and previously unknown reality we have stumbled into.

When asked about the designs in the upper right corner of his "Neon Dream" painting, Robert said, "That is just a small portion of the very ornate detailing on a huge fancy mansion that is not visible, because it is off the edge of the canvas." Like many artists, Robert imagines his canvases as snapshots of small sections of much larger scenes that could not possibly be captured in one small tableau.

When asked about the designs in the upper right corner of his “Neon Dream” painting, Robert said, “That is just a small portion of the very ornate detailing on a huge fancy mansion that is not visible, because it is off the edge of the canvas.” Like many artists, Robert imagines his canvases as snapshots of small sections of much larger scenes that could not possibly be captured in one small tableau.

Personally, I cannot wait to see the next installments in the coming series of Robert’s paintings of beautiful new worlds documenting his unparalleled imagination and courageous artistic expeditions into uncharted waters. He will unveil many of these exciting major works in his solo exhibition “PLEASE TOUCH THE ART – Texture is Part of the Experience,” at Manchester University’s Link Gallery, Winger Building, North Manchester, Indiana, Sept 13 – Nov 19. Artist’s Reception Oct 5, 11 am – 1 pm.

Robert is looking forward to talking with you and all of the visitors to his Manchester University show in the Fall of 2013 and future exhibits elsewhere. You will always be invited to "TOUCH THE ART -- Texture Is Part of the Experience!"

Robert is looking forward to talking with you and all of the visitors to his Manchester University show in the Fall of 2013 and future exhibits elsewhere. You will always be invited to “TOUCH THE ART — Texture Is Part of the Experience!”

Robert is pleased that his "Neon Dream" painting holds up well when viewed from a distance. Here he contemplates future canvases in this series.

Robert is pleased that his “Neon Dream” painting holds up well when viewed from a distance. Here he contemplates future canvases in this series.

Join us for OPEN MIC POETRY NIGHT and “Homage to Pollock” — Paintings by Robert F. Allen

First Friday, April 6, 2012, 7-9 pm at ALLEN MILLER ARTS

117 E Chestnut St (at Duke,) Lancaster, PA — enter through the courtyard

Below: “Fertility,” 4 x 6 ft acrylic on canvas, Robert F. Allen, 2012