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Gordon M. Allen Biography

Gordon Allen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. His early introduction to bird hunting on MD`s Eastern Shore and trout fishing in the Adirondack Mountains and the resulting love of the love outdoors is reflected in his etchings and oil paintings. Allen began his art career at age twenty when he illustrated his first book, Mostly Tailfeathers, by outdoor writer, Gene Hill. In the next dozen years he went on to illustrate more than twenty books for New York publishers, most of them in the sporting genre. As payment for interior illustration of books was usually minimal, he was able to make ends meet by selling many of the original drawings to collectors.

Loving the etchings of Rembrandt, he thought that if he could learn the techniques of etching and use the methods of composing a picture that he learned illustrating, he could essentially do one drawing and have an entire edition  to sell. He taught himself how to etch through trial and error, mostly error, and established a business, selling through several galleries across the United States. Freed from having to illustrate, he then had time to paint, and as a painter, he is again largely largely self-taught, though he was able to paint for short periods with several much more knowledgeable professionals, such as William Reese, Skip Whitcomb and Kevin Lynch. He learned from them more than he was able to garner in the scattered semesters at different art schools that he attended while illustrating.

For many years, Gordon has divided his time between etching and painting.  The subject matter for etchings tends to stay withing the realm of the "sporting world", and he is one of the finest etchers of the sporting scene in America today. Allen is now establishing a similar quality reputation as a plein air painter of landscapes, and his subject matter ranges widely, reflecting his diverse interests and philosophy of what he finds true and beautiful. He also occasionally illustrates books that interest him.

Some of his most loved subjects are Maryland’s Eastern shore and the salmon rivers of Atlantic Canada where he has spent many summers. He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, two dogs and a filthy cat.  

Gordon Allen is dedicated to conservation efforts providing work to raise funds for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Ruffed Grouse Society, and The Atlantic Salmon Foundation.

 

EDUCATION
As indicated, Mr. Allen attended for a time several art schools, including the Maryland Institute College of Art, the Boston Museum School and the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, Maryland and has participated in painting workshops given by William Reese, Skip Whitcomb and Kevin Lynch.

 


 

 

Gordon Allen, 919-600-8800, gordarts@gmail.com