I approach my work from the notion of continuously having to reinterpret and reinvestigate ground that I have already explored. There is always something new in the process, in the material and texture and characteristics of the materials that inspires me, even before I consider imagery or intention.
Collage is about isolating fragments and imposing a new relationship between disparate elements. New connections can leak from one layer to the next. I spend a lot of time staining and distressing paper, creating a palimpsest of hidden and revealed meaning.
Allan Bealy is a Canadian artist and graphic designer, who now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In the 80’s, Allan was co-publisher of Benzene, an arts magazine and has had several books of his collages published, most recently: Conjure by Red Fox Press (Ireland) in 2021. He has had solo shows in Canada, Sweden and the United States and has been represented in numerous group shows. Allan’s practice focuses on collage and mixed media.
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