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Creator: Tom Allen

Title: Sabbat
Date: 2005-2006
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Gift of Craig Jacobson
Accession Number: 2012.03.01
Label Text:Allen is a painter based in Los Angeles. This work represents his interest in a type of neo-Romanticism, focusing on dark and moody scenes. Although exterior views, they speak to internal and emotional explorations. He focuses on a sense of place, often rural landscapes, suggesting a longing for pastoral utopias, romantic deaths, and a suspicion of modernism and the present-time. These notions were underscored in the past when Allen demonstrated his commitment to painting in the mid-1990s, a time when painting was just resurging again among younger artists after two decades of conceptual and performance based art.