Allen Hirsch is clearly one of the most important painters working in the US. His genius lies in his ability to penetrate the human psyche, layer after layer, and find the pathway to the sole of his sitters.
Hirsch was born in L.A. and moved to NYC at an early age. Educated in Italy and the Art Students League in New York, He studied the modern American Masters like Hoper and ultimately developed his own unique style. It was at this period in NYC that the editor of Time Magazine noticed his unparalleled gift of portrait paintings and commissioned him to illustrate for the covers of their magazine. Twelve covers later, Hirsch became the most sought after illustrator of the Time Magazine.
What followed was a commission for the Inaugural portrait of President Clinton to be exhibited on the wall of the White House and a Pavarotti portrait commission for the L.A. Scuola Collection. His works now appear at the Smithsonian Museum, the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.
On one of his trips to Venezuela during the 1990’s, Hirsch noticed the magical effects of the tropical light and thus came into being the “Gap Technique”. The wide gaps of the burlap added a vibration to the painting and captured the blinding light of the Caribbean coast. Hirsch’s small burlap portraits contain a vermeerian dimension in them, far beyond the flawless connection between the eye and the palette.
Hirsch’s canvas strips works have created a new language in figurative art. The technique uses the brain’s ability to create images from the smallest traces of painted form. The canvas is cut into ribbons and then painted, one dot a time. By doing that, Hirsch delves into the “Dark side of our brain forcing it to participate in the image reflected in our eyes.
Currently Hirsch works in New York and Venezuela where he stays in a small fishing village and paints its inhabitants.
American Art Gallery is proud to be Hirsch’s sole representative.