Icons

icon ['aikon] n. sacred or monumental image, statue, painting, etc.; picture on computer monitor to represent command. iconic [ai'konik], adj. iconism, n. worship of images. iconoclasm [ai'koneklæzm], n. image-breaking; attacking of established beliefs.

The show was held as a physical and virtual exhibition utilizing a 3d walkthrough gallery.


The Icon's series is very interesting because it covers so many areas of life. The titles of each painting combined with the “Iconic” imagery ranges from emotions and feelings to earthly creatures and even processes of nature. 

This series doesn’t take the title “Icons” literally such as an image of a stop sign, but it approaches this title more conceptually.



"Icons," is a series of 31 small works, abstract paintings by Allan Linder.

Through a variety of techniques and imagery, the artist explores what it is like to be human.


Apparitions of Conjunction
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Atmosphere
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Aurora
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Blues
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Botanica
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Central Park
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Climbing
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Contemplation
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Coral
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Endless Journey
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Evolution
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Half Asleep
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Happy Day
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Heaven and Hell
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Intricate Delusion
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Liquid Gold
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Parabola
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Passion Flower
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Pellucid City
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Perpetual Dreams
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Provoquer
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Ring of Fire
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Synthesis
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Terra
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Edge of Invention
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Poppy Fields
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Shades of Purple
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Wellspring
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Wild Oblivion
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Young Lovers
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection


Footprint of Man
5 x 7
Acrylic on canvas

Private Collection

For example the painting; “Footprint of man” certainly is iconic in the subject matter that it approaches, but not in the literal definition. From a distance across the room, this painting may nearly seem invisible to the eye, but upon close inspection of this painting there are so many small details that at first glance might easily be overlooked. 

Starting in the upper left corner of the canvas, the first thing you may notice is that the blue sky extends into space revealing stars which seem to fill a transparent vessel. From the spout of the vessel a drop of life giving water or star seed gives way to a body of water. 

The waterfall flows down a mountainous face and becomes a human foot at the bottom, leaving a foot print in ripples. There are translucent dinosaur bones that are found in the upper left that may symbolize extinction, or a beginning and an end? 

In the lower right, the ghostly images of a dove transforming into a nude woman cradling what appears to be a dying corn stalk. There can be many interpretations for this imagery in this painting. I am sure you will find your own the more you look at it. 

Overall, the painting has nice balance and composition. The dusty earth-tones used, seem to be the right choice for a painting like this.

This exhibition was well received and completely sold out.