Area of Study
Griffin Allman is an MFA student in painting + drawing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Griffin Allman (1997) was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio. He has attained a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art Education at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Relocating in Knoxville to pursue his MFA, Griffin has had the pleasure of exhibiting his work both in-person and online. Some of these shows have included First Street Gallery’s 2017 National Juried Exhibition in New York City, Eastern Michigan University’s Fresh Looks 2020 in Ypsilanti, and a two-person show at Troppus Projects (with Lindsay Martin Gryskewich) in Kent, Ohio. In addition, his work has been published by the I Like Your Work podcast, and in Volume 3 of 1340mag.
My work is rooted within the history of geometric and hard-edge abstraction, where I am interested in portraying subtle and mundane moments of everyday life in compact form. Working with the relationship between place and my own childhood memories, I am establishing a sense of anonymous location within the paintings that I create. These compositions are developed through the use of simple color and form, where shapes are used as signifiers of home, nostalgia, and the culture of ever-present technology. I aim to redefine geometric abstract painting as a replenishable and renewable form of art that can constantly draw from our personal experiences.