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"Ralph Allen: Artist of the Month"
2002-01-15 until 2002-02-15
Carrie Art Collection
Petion Ville, ,
Ralph Allen left Haiti in his early twenties to study at National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York. His work, which focuses on the nude form, has been exhibited across the world. Allen uses the figure as a basis for play with light, form, color and abstraction. This exhibition displays a variety of explorations the artist has made, always with the nude as a central element.
Where to place Ralph Allens worksNULL Numerous currents in Haitian painting of today run from nearly
perfect representation of photo-realism to the informal abstract and tachism. From instinctive naive to
conceptual art. But, more then ever, Haitian painting defies classification, traditional or not, as it doesnt
account for specifity of talent. Haitian art has always been dominated by strong personalities, who even
though tied to a group or a tendency, have worked on the edge, sometimes even against the current.
Some have dared to call Ralph Allen an hyperrealist. At first glance, perhaps. The particularly accurate
proportions of his characters, The careful rendering of forms, the accuracy and precision of details and
the importance given to an object as such, all lend themselves directly to this interpretaion.
- MICHEL PHILIPPE LEREBOURS
Carrie Art Collection has selected from among Haitis finest artists, representing various schools and mediums.
16 x 20