TOWARD POINT-new work in oil
In making and sailing paper boats with my young grandson I was taken with how transient they were; at first whole and perfect then slowly breaking down by their time in the water, and finally sinking under the surface. I saw these fragile boats as a metaphor for life on this earth. An E. M. Forster short story concerning life and death, which was read to me by my wife Joe Ann, was the inspiration for “Toward Point.” It is often the smallest of events that inspire. – Jere Allen 2019
My paintings employ a reactive method in the search for an elusive notion that has perplexed me for many years. The images, symbols, and compositions that stem from personal, social, political realities are often a foil to assist in the realization of feelings generated by that evasive notion.
– Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century. (The exhibition traveled to Beijing and Shanghai, China; Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.)
– Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C.
– Stadtsche Galerie Paderborn, Paderborn, Germany
– Der Kunstkreis Hameln, Hameln, Germany
– Oldenburger Kunstverein, Oldenburg, Germany
– National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C.
– Carol Robinson Gallery, New Orleans
1972 – MFA, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
1970 – BFA, Ringling School of Art, Sarasota, Florida (received Four Year Fine Arts Certificate, 1969)