Receptions: Dec. 7, Jan. 4, 5 – 9 pm
Dalet Gallery is announcing
BESTIARY, paintings by Allen M. Hart.
“It’s just a beginning,” said Allen Hart, a brilliant artist of Dobbs Ferry, NY, when receiving congratulations and rave reviews from the enchanted visitors during the reception of “The Orchestra of the Damned,” his retrospective show at Dalet in Spring of 2011. And we knew that it was true and that not yet once this would have conquered the audience by his bright metaphorical imagery, humorous and philosophical, celebrating life and “unearthing the darker realm of consciousness with irony and the absurd.”
This time on view at Dalet Gallery is the artist’s favorite series of animal portraits. Crows and ravens take on a mystical role forewarning us of something dramatic to come. They are like deities both benevolent and cruel. Like many of his bestiaries they reflect the human condition. Of the images in the bestiary, Hart said he has a photographic memory, and paints from what he has seen on nature shows and, in the past, from visits to zoos.
“I, like many other artists, am trying to incorporate the images of these animals before they’re gone, with the environment being polluted like it is. Frogs are dying off. Also, the rhino. I think the rhino is a beautifully architectural beast…”
Allen M. Hart has explored the physical world for nearly nine decades. He made early sojourns to Mexico where he connected with the artists Ignacio Aguerre, Pablo Higgins, Mendez, and Siqueiros. In 1952 the Hart couple settled in Spain and traveled throughout Europe and North Africa. Back in New York Mr. Hart became the Director of the Visual Art Center (Greenwich Village) of the Children’s Aid Society, where he managed the program for 30 years. In 2011, the organization has named a gallery in his honor. Allen M. Hart has had dozens of solo exhibitions in Europe, Mexico and North America and participated in hundreds of group shows.
Hart’s work was reviewed by NY Times, NY Herald Tribune, Art News, Art Digest, Art International, Art Speaks, Review Magazine, Aufbau (German language press), and The Enterprise.
Dalet Gallery, 141 N 2nd Str, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Hours: Wed– Sat noon – 6PM and by app.