Willard Andre Allen was born in 1965 in New England. He is a self-taught artist working in painting and design. A graduate of the Career Institute of America. Where he received his degree in Marketing and Advertising.
Willard Andre Allen never knew he had talent in fine art. Although he had been exposed to the performing arts from an early age, traveling on tour with åa and other prolific artists and working in advertising and marketing in the music industry, becoming an artist himself wasn’t something he had ever contemplated.
But one day, he went to an African exposition where he saw African motifs, intricately painted on glassware. It was then that he received his muse to embark on his journey to create fine art. Instantly inspired, he when out a bought ten glass plates and enrolled in his first painting class at South Florida Art Center in 1999. He diligently learned to work with acrylics and studied the complexity of figurative painting and soon after, he realized his tremendous affinity for color and design. He perfected his craft on glass and further experimented with African ornamental design and portraits at home, incorporating glass plates as his template. He continued to reference myriad books on African masks and motifs and through trial and error, he discovered a unique style and voice of his own.
Willard Andre Allen is a visionary. His pieces are intricate, provocative and imaginative, both in design and execution. By painting on the opposite side of clear glass. Due to his dyslexia, he is able to vision the forefront on the painting and work the opposite direction. He demonstrates an intuitive understanding and appreciation of myriad shape and texture. Where each design resulted in a cornucopia of colors. Incorporated and reflected light once the glass is turned over to its rightful side. His designs aren’t contrite or pre-planned. Instead they are evoked through his emotions and instincts whereby each pieces introduces a different feeling. A certain softness and compassion emerges as a one-of-a kind work of art that captives the inspiration of the moment.
Willard Andre Allen participated in Artist-In-Residencies at the Damien B (2007), Bakehouse Art Complex (2004-2008), Art Center South Florida (2008-2015) and Oceania Cruises (2012-Present).
He is represented in private and corporate collections just to name a few. The Bergman Collection, Oceania Cruise Line / Regent Seven Seas Cruise Line / Royal Caribbean Cruise Line with over (275 pieces), and The Bank of Washington DC. He is featured in national publications including The Cone, Los Angeles, California and The Delray Beach Florida Pineapple. Willard Andre Allen lives and owns a gallery in downtown Charleston, SC on 140 East Bay Street.
Called W. Andre Allen Contemporary Art Gallery.