Short Biography and Statement
Allan Gorman is a former award-winning creative director and author who spent 40 years in the advertising and brand-building business before making the commitment to paint full-time in 2013. His fine art history includes over 120 exhibition showings in museums, galleries and major art fairs including: The International Guild of Realism's Masterworks Traveling Museum Tour; “Industrialism in the 21st Century”, a show he curated at the Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX; ArtFair 14C in Jersey City; SaatchiArt’s The Other Art Fair/Brooklyn; and “Luster – Realistic and Hyperrealistic Art of Automobiles and Motorcycles”, traveling to sixteen fine art museums throughout the US from Spring of 2018 through the Fall of 2023. Gorman was awarded his second Individual Artists Fellowship for Painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for 2022 (He also was granted the award in 2013). In 2011, he was awarded a resident fellowship to Vermont Studio Center and was invited back again in 2014 and 2018. In 2016, he was selected for a fellowship residency by the ESKFF Foundation at Mana Contemporary. His art is included in numerous corporate and private collections. The art I make explores hidden abstract patterns, random shapes, and aesthetic tensions I see in manufactured objects—particularly within the confines of structures and machinery. Using my camera as a sketchbook, I'm constantly looking for subject matter that intrigues me and makes a memorable impression. Then I try to convey the excitement I felt so that the artwork becomes something that resonates emotionally. In this way, the works are sort of abstract compositions found within the confines of realism, and I use this notion to inform my choices of what to present.