Ricky Allman (b. 1978, Provo, UT USA) received an MFA with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA with Distinction from the Massachusetts College of Art. Allman’s paintings often appear as landscapes, psychological landscapes, and cityscapes. Utilizing the geographic landscape of his childhood in the Rocky Mountains, modernist architecture and gestural abstraction, Allman’s work reflects an indefinite future; a complicated and frenetic world of colliding forms often in the moment of origination. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally including Paris, Copenhagen, New York, Miami, and more. Allman lives and works in Kansas City, MO where he is a Professor of Painting/Drawing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
My work primarily deals with images, memories and feelings associated with growing up as a Mormon in Utah. Although I am now, for the most part, very secular in my beliefs, I am fascinated by religious extremists, End of Days prophecies, and the intersection between architecture and nature. I use fractured and chaotic spaces as a metaphor for general unease and anxiety about the state of the world and the environment. This is often contrasted with vivid colors that hopefully offer a glimmer of hope in an otherwise dreary and fatal view.