Allen comments on his work: “What is there about a painting that stops you?”
Does it stir an emotion in you?
Do you believe what the artist portrayed?
Is everything explained, or is there enough mystery for the viewer’s imagination?
Has it been painted with passion and confidence or is overworked?
“Thoughts like these keep me in check and balance, nevertheless, I can tell you that in the midst of a painting, it's about the best place I can possibly be.”
Accomplishments / CV
At age six, Allen Polt’s first grade teacher, so impressed with his natural talent, arranged the artist’s first one-man show. His gift was acknowledged and his future established.
Polt went on to earn his Degree in Illustrating Arts from the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. After graduating, he worked in New York City, drawing grease pencil portraits for the Wall Street Journal. He continued his studies of drawing and painting under the direction of Frank Reilly of the Art Students League.
In 1974, Allen left Manhattan for a change of pace and found visual inspiration in the landscape of Taos, New Mexico — an art community inundated with beautiful landscapes. His masterful paintings have been featured in galleries across the Southwest. Albeit a diversity of subject matter, Polt’s heart kept returning to people—portraiture, characters of the Old West, and Old Mexico Market scenes.
Polt has been working on a series of Native American portraits using historic materials as his inspiration. This work follows his Taos Pueblo Indian portraits, painted in his early years in Taos. Allen Polt now spends the majority of his time in his Tucson, Arizona studio and home.
In addition, Allen’s ability to capture the essence of his subject’s personality is appreciated through commissioned work throughout the world.
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