Allen Lund Biography

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Growing up in Utah's Wasatch mountains, Lund developed an early sensitivity to the incredible bounty and variety in the natural beauty of his home state and environs. It is a vast and varied source for the subjects he now interprets skillfully into his work. Richly textured and exquisitely toned, his paintings have the authority and maturity that come from extensive, lifelong involvement with art.

From the time he could hold a crayon until the age of 14, Lund learned and practiced painting and design under the tutelage of his mother and father, both professional artists. However, Allen did not pursue painting seriously until he was 25. Within a year, he had sold his first painting, and within three years, he was painting full-time, scarcely able to keep up with the sudden demand for his work. Lund selects subjects from his own photographs and uses them as points of embarkation into compositions that are 90% imaginative. His finished paintings are more about the emotional resonance of a place and its atmosphere than representative of any specific site.

Atmospherics are important to Lund, whose favorite seasons are autumn, winter, and spring. His paintings give the spectator distinct sensory impressions beyond purely visual. Viewers can feel humidity, stillness or movement of air, ambient temperature; cued visually, but involving all the senses, and being registered emotionally as a recollection of serene communion with nature. His works provoke a sense of fleeting perceptions like the scent of pine in the air, or the musical murmur of water cascading in a secluded mountain brook.

Lund insists on first-rate craftsmanship in every step of making a painting. He uses only the finest stretched linen and the highest-quality archival grounds and pigments. He begins each painting session with a fresh palette and a fresh attitude.

''Living here, I'm always thoroughly inspired,'' Lund said of Utah home.