Frank Creech Art Gallery

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Sporting Artist Gordon Allen

Gordon Allen for JCC TV Gordon Allen grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. His early introduction to bird hunting on MD`s Eastern Shore and trout fishing in the Adirondack Mountains and the resulting love of the love outdoors is reflected in his etchings and oil paintings. Allen began his art career at age twenty when he illustrated his first book, Mostly Tailfeathers, by outdoor writer, Gene Hill. In the next dozen years he went on to illustrate more than twenty books for New York publishers, most of them in the sporting genre. As payment for interior illustration of books was usually minimal, he was able to make ends meet by selling many of the original drawings to collectors. For many years, Gordon has divided his time between etching and painting.  The subject matter for etchings tends to stay withing the realm of the “sporting world”, and he is one of the finest etchers of the sporting scene in America today. Allen is now establishing a similar quality reputation as a plein air painter of landscapes, and his subject matter ranges widely, reflecting his diverse interests and philosophy of what he finds true and beautiful. He also occasionally illustrates books that interest him. Some of his most loved subjects are Maryland’s Eastern shore and the salmon rivers of Atlantic Canada where he has spent many summers. He resides in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, two dogs and a filthy cat. Gordon Allen is dedicated to conservation efforts providing work to raise funds for organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, The Ruffed Grouse Society, and The Atlantic Salmon Foundation.

Opening date: April 20, 2015, Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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