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Jamie Allen


Jamie Allen is a full-time, mixed-media artist living in Honolulu, Hawaii. She grew up in a nature-rich area of New Jersey. Jamie received her Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from Montclair State University in New Jersey in 2008. She graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts in Illustration. While at RISD, she studied mixed media abroad in Italy, France, and Spain. Jamie has exhibited from New England to Hawaii. She is continually studying her craft, completing artist residencies in Vermont Studio Center, Santa Fe Art Institute, Chalk Hill and Molokai, Hawaii. Jamie is represented exclusively by Halelea Gallery in Kauai, Hawaii.

My practice as an artist reflects how I aspire to live my life, one that nurtures nature and the wellbeing in life. I believe where our energy goes our attention flows. Choosing to put my energy towards these elements constructs gratitude for each moment. Navigating my physical and mental environments through the process of art making has become a journey of learning and self-awareness. Mark-making, similar to meditation, is a means for me to cultivate mindfulness, strengthen inner peace and explore self-expression. Often the dance that is choreographed between painting and drawing is one of being present, slowing down, observing, and listening. The process of creating my work constantly flows between fluidity and control. Im interested in how ideas arrive and how a painting develops over time. Much like life, I do not have a clear image of what the final piece will look like which causes me to be present with the journey. Everyday encounters and objects will merge between figurative and the literal. Whether it is a specific location, a conversation, a particular plant, or piece of literature, each will contribute to the complexity of the piece. The history within the layers of painting and drawing is a dialogue about time, growth, and life; exposing an environment that takes on meaning within and beyond plant or ocean matter. The diaristic approach to my work continually re-defines beauty and reveals elements of nature often overlooked. I believe our life unfolds with our intentions and as a result I choose to nourish that which brings joy. My paintings are nourishing, universal, explorative, and engaging. They invite the viewer to pause, reflect upon that what gives life and loose themselves within my constructed environment. 

Jamie Allen on her residency series: 

"Aloha!  I think we all could use a PAUSE ....a Pause similar to one that I experienced during my artist residency on the beautiful island of Molokai in the spring of 2019.  Today I am releasing a project that I have held onto for over a year.  

I am thrilled to announce the debut of the 15x11 works on paper which is a series of ONLY 12, each will be shown in sets of 3.  

Created in consecutive order these paintings became my visual diary of my experiences during the 3 week residency.

It's incredible to think how different May of 2019 is in comparison to May 2020!!  

There is a saying that: Molokai either spits you out or embraces you.  I most certainly felt welcomed and continuously inspired on the island of Molokai.  It truly felt like a gift to witness all that I did during that time.  I would like to take this time to thank the Molokai Arts Center and the people of Molokai for hosting me as their Artist in Residence, supporting me on all my adventure ideas, granting me the time and space to just create and welcoming me with open arms.  I would also like to thank my dear friend, @avaglows for initially introducing the Center to my work.
It is very hard for one to experience such a sacred place and not be forever changed.  

Group 1: 15x11 original  on Hot press watercolor paper

1. HUI:  ‘iliahi( sandalwood), bud and sprouts. ti lei given to me when I first came to Molokai for the Souper Bowl with Mark.  ‘iliahi sprouts. shell found @ Mo’omomi.  ‘akia fruit.  grass.

2. HUI: ‘a’ali ‘i , koki ‘oke ‘oke sprouts, halos - bees, ‘ilie’e (white) mamaki ruit, wiliwili thorns. circles from the planters.

3. HUi: akia keiki, mamaki fruit - keep children healthy (tea cures ills and run down feelings).  ko’oko’oloau. sandalwood. moss sprouts. circl

A portion of sales from #1,2,3 will go to benefit Molokai Arts Center! 

2019    "Two Woman Exhibition", Hawaii State Art Museum x Mori, Research with Bishop Museum

2018    "O’ahu, Bishop Museum Gala Event"

2018    "O’ahu Japanese Chamber of Commerce Commitment to Excellence", Honolulu Museum School, Oahu

2018    "Symphony of Hawaiian Birds", Stop Motion Animation, Blaisdell Concert Hall, Oahu

2018    "Current Rapid Ohi’a Death Benefit Donation", Department of Land and Natural Resources Forestry Program and the Lyons Estate, Big Island

2018     "National Association of Women Artists"

2016     "Winter Small Works Exhibition", NYC, NY

2016     "Surround"  Solo Exhibition.  Pegge Hopper Gallery, Honolulu

2015     Collaborative Portrait Project RISD,  Artist: Susan Bickford. RISD

2015     "Possessions: Prized and Otherwise",  Attleboro Arts Museum, MA

2015     "Water", Michigan Tech University

2015     "Santa Fe Residency, Solo Show", Halelea Gallery, Hawaii

2015     "Santa Fe Art Institute exhibit and lecture: SFAI140"

2014     "Hawaii Pacific University Faculty Exhibit"

2013     "Contempo", Honolulu Art Museum Benefit

2012     "Amalgamate", Find Art,  39-Hotel/Flux Magazine, Chinatown, HI

2012     "Emerging Artist Group Exhibit", Koa Gallery, KCC, Honlolulu

2012     "Hawaii Pacific University Faculty Exhibit"

2012     Solo Exhibit, Spalding House Cafe, Honolulu Museum of Art

2012     Chai Studios, Honolulu, Hawaii 

2011      Town, Honolulu, Hawaii

2011      Vermont Studio Residency

2010     Shore Institute of Contemporary Art, 7th International Juried Exhibition, New Jersey

2010     Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI

2010     Speak Easy Gallery,  Window Solo-Exhibit.  Boonton, NJ

2010     Solo-Exhibit, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ.

2010     Solo-Exhibit, Passaic Community College, Paterson, NJ

2010     “Re-awakening” Nature Exhibit, Lana Santorelli Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

2010     “Many Faces of Eden”, Perth Amboy Arts Center, Perth Amboy, NJ

2010     Solo Exhibit, Barn Theater, Montville, NJ

2009    "Measured: Solo Faculty Exhibit", Masten Gallery, County College of Morris

2009    Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts: Mid Atlantic Juried Exhibition

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