Exploring surfaces and texture as much as content, the latest collection of works on paper by abstract expressionist Allegra Gibson reflect a movement out into the world. Taking off from the narrative and character-based work she developed while completing graduate studies at CCA, Gibson conceptualizes the joy of dance, the physicality of the natural world and revelry of movement via free-form expressionist paintwork, ink pours and shiny objects. Deconstructed and re-imagined disco balls, landforms and wildlife are evoked rather than rendered, in emotive expressions of color and light that reflect her considerations with freedom of body and mind. A native of Washington, D.C., Allegra Gibson holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from the California College of Arts, steadily developing her approach to mixed media paintings, installations as well as the development of characters and animated objects. Counting among her influences, the work of Goya, Dali and the San Francisco Mission School, her art making is also informed by living in Northern California as well as her excursions around the globe. Select exhibitions include shows at, diPierto Todd Hair Salon, Southern Exposure Gallery, MIX 490 ACCI Gallery, Lobot Gallery, The Lab, and Art SF. Her work has also appeared in several publications including Small Press Traffic, and singled out for regard by The San Francisco Chronicle. Her Mirrored images series can be seen at 77 Salon West in Pleasanton. When she isn't working at her home studio in Marin, CA, Allegra can likely be found traveling in India, Thailand, Israel, Cambodia, Bali and Europe.
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