Allan Chow created a nice niche for himself in the art of landscape painting using his remarkable palette knife craft and distinctive color palette. He will be showcasing these awe-inspiring pieces this Friday at our October First Friday show. His spontaneous paint strokes and brilliant range of colors makes this an event you won’t want to miss! We went behind the scenes to give you a glimpse into the palette knife prodigy’s talent and technique by asking him few questions:
Where are you from?
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, located in South East Asia. I have been in the United States since 1993. I lived in Austin, Texas for four years before I moved to Kansas City.
Where did you go to school?
I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2001.
Where do you currently work?
I currently work at an engineering firm as a graphic designer during the day, and I paint in my studio at night.
How did you discover palette knife painting?
It was a happy accident. I was experimenting with the knife to help me break my habit of using a pencil or brush. It was extremely challenging because I lost all control of the tool, but it forced me to see light and color differently in my artwork. I kept using the knife because I dreaded cleaning those brushes, and I wasn’t a fan of the fumes from the cleaning solvents. It gave me headaches.
What made you want to do landscape paintings?
I think landscapes chose me. I drew landscapes from Malaysia during class everyday in high school because I was homesick. I remember turning in 100 drawings per semester for extra credit, and my art professor felt obligated to reward my efforts by giving me 110%. Still today, landscapes are my muse. I am able to express myself through its subjective nature with color, energy, texture and subject matter.
Where do you draw your inspiration from for your artwork?
My family, traveling, impressionists, abstract expressionists and musicians.
Do you have any other designs or concepts in the works?
I do, but it is top secret.
What is your favorite place to grab a taco?
Taco Rico y El Pueblito.