Art Fusion Galleries is Proud to Present Our
ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Allan Raider is truly a reflection of the environment in which he was raised; growing up in an artistic and liberal family, creativity and imagination was always encouraged by his parents. Allan's mother owned, designed and provided design consultative services in the garment industry in Italy for over 35 years; Allan's father was gifted musically playing twenty-six musical instruments. While attending high school, Allan was bestowed the St. Gaudens Art Medal by President Lyndon Johnson in Washington D.C. Upon graduation, Allan was accepted to Cooper Union into the Architecture and Fine Arts program.
Allan's first business venture was at the age of 19 where he opened a very successful retail men's clothing store called Tyrone. Through this venture, Allan was responsible for introducing Hugo Boss, Renoma and many other European clothing lines to the United States. Allan's entrepreneurial spirit then led him to sell his business and move to Europe, where once again he was successful in operating a firm in Copenhagen, "Blonde on Blonde". Throughout Allan's tenure in operating his businesses, his passion for painting and expressing his creativity was fulfilled through successfully exhibiting in his designer showrooms. Allan's innate sense of creativity has come full circle now; where after forty years of entrepreneurial success, he now devotes his time to his love of painting.
Allan states, "since early childhood art has always been a part of my life. A blank canvas has always helped me express my thoughts of romance, despair, life events, world travels and personal experiences. I take special pride in my ability to capture human faces and emotional expressions. All my paintings are envisioned in my mind, and I feel the need to pour them out onto the canvas...my eccentricity shows in my paintings, passion, emotion, and feelings are important, but they are not enough without proficiency, skill, instruction, motivation and dedication. I am able to create different styles of paintings, from abstract to portraiture, with a unique flair. I depict a brilliantly colored world in my paintings, which defies perspective. My paintings have extraordinary versatility, resourcefulness, and intuitive sensibility."
Allan Raider's artwork is currently on exhibition in our Gallery; and, we are pleased to name him our Artist of the Week.