SPRING SALON EXHIBITION 2015 featuring ELIZABETH by Allan Banford
Allan Banford makes paintings, installations, mixed media and conceptual artworks. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Banford absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
His paintings isolate the movements of humans, emotions and objects. By doing so, new sequences are created which reveal an inseparable relationship between motion and sound. With a conceptual approach, he tries to approach a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered abstract way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical texturized and believes in the idea of function following form in a work.
His works directly respond to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. By applying abstraction, he finds that movement reveals an inherent awkwardness, a conceptualization that echoes one vulnerabilities. The artist also considers movement and rhythm as a metaphor for the ever-seeking man who experiences a continuous evolution.
His works doesn’t reference recognizable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By questioning the concept of movement, he creates intense personal pieces masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
His collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces. Allan was the recipient of the inaugural World Citizen Artist Award in conjunction with Belgravia Gallery and Play for chance foundation commemorating the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death and legacy. His work is included in numerous private and corporate collections including The Mona Flat series for The Andy Warhol Art Exchange by Absolut featured at Saatchi Gallery and The Perspective Scenarios triptych resembling Turner acclaimed by critics and public alike.