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Local Artist Showcased in New Installation of Paintings in Downtown Bradenton
BRADENTON --The bold acrylic paintings of local artist John Allinson will be the next collection of works featured at the Corner Arts Initiative’s outdoor plein aire vertical art garden in downtown Bradenton. An unveiling of the new installation will take place on Monday, September 16 at Westminster Towers & Shores Courtyard location, on the northwest corner of Old Main 12th Street and 3rd Ave. West, in the heart of downtown Bradenton.
Allinson’s style has been described as, “a narrative of humanity and life”, with his subjects captured in the midst of a story.During his 50 year painting career te artist has become widely known for creating and painting large murals. In 2001 Allinson was commissioned by Lord Richard Attenborough to paint one of the world’s largest murals, 240’x 8’, for Dragon International Studios in South Wales. His vast array of works and murals can be seen in public and private spaces throughout Europe and the United States.
Locally Allinson’s murals and paintings are on display at SOMA Restaurant, located in Bradenton’s Financial Center 1401 Manatee Ave. West, and on Anna Maria Island where he lives with his wife Mair. A Welsh native, Allinson has been awarded an O visa by the U.S. government for his services to the arts.
The Corner Arts Initiative is a new concept brought to downtown Bradenton in conjunction with Westminster Towers & Shores and Bradenton’s DDA Public Art’s Office. An outdoor vertical garden and gallery space has been created to bring attention to, and help promote, the wide array of talented visual artists located throughout the community. Previous installations have featured the works of local artists; Kevin Webb, Rolf Hellem, and most recently, Carol Shore.
Individual artists, artist groups, school art programs, and art organizations from the region interested in displaying their work in the vertical art garden are encouraged to contact the Corner Arts Initiative at: CornerArtsInitiative@gmail.com.