Artist Statement

ruary_allanArt is serious fun. The psyche travels through the eye, regarding and becoming world. Inspiration, exploration. Spontaneity and play. The subjective expresses itself through objects with objectives. There is a kind of alchemy in making sense impressions for the viewer out of the materials. Drawing meaning and feeling out of stuff. Matter turns into spirit-information and re-creates itself in the receiver. Experience is reassembled to evoke a recognition of our common condition and to reveal new depths and potentials.

Ruary Allan is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. He lived abroad and travelled most of his adult life and now lives in Glastonbury which is just as strange as anywhere else he’s been. Influenced by psychedelic culture, Ruary was driven to express his inner vision and became a painter. A slow but progressive visual pilgrimage ensued focusing on the use of colour and spatiality to recreate worlds of the imagination, mediated by free association imagery and symbolism. He developed a body of intertwined works, sprouting from the underground of mind and culture and into various galleries and juried art festivals, onto CD covers, flyers and alternative magazines.

While backpacking Ruary focused on photography and writing, evoking the ridiculous, beautiful and harrowing experiences that serious travel brings, in hommage to our disappearing heritage. Thanks to all of you who have encouraged me along the way there.

What kind of painting do you do?

It’s a process of mind mediated by paint

It’s a harmonisation of colour by any means necessary

It’s an elaboration of textural aesthetics

It’s a clash of random elements parlayed into a story

It’s an excuse to smoke and listen to my entire iTunes collection on shuffle

It’s propaganda for the psychedelic revolution

It’s an expression of my most precious moments

It’s a recapitulation of my psychic damage

It’s a catharsis

It’s a catalyst

It’s an enigma

It’s a momentary lapse of reason

It’s pigment as concrete energy

It’s a portal to…

It’s what happens

It’s free association

It’s a pretense

It’s a Pollock approach to truth and fantasy

It’s an iconoclastic melange of cultural motifs

It’s a eulogy for the impossible

It’s an attack on the church the state and historical lies

It’s a reportage of transpersonal space, news from the noosphere

It’s a broken manifesto of natural spirituality

It’s the power of the unknown

It’s animal liberation theology

It’s a mea culpa

It’s throwing the shards of idealism into the boiling lake of history

It’s a tradition

It’s an outrage

It’s a muse

It’s amusing

It’s spin-doctoring reality

It’s the emergence of new possibility

It’s the resurgence of old mind

It’s a call for alliance

It’s a prayer

It’s an orgasm

It’s a cry for survival

It’s freedom love peace and beauty