Jere Allen’s figurative oil paintings employ a reactive method in the search for an elusive notion. The images, symbols, and compositions are often foils to assist in the realization of an idea. He refers to the animals that recur in his work as “psychopomps,” a term derived from Greek mythology that describes a guide of souls to the place of the dead. His gestural brushwork and saturated palette imbue his work with a primordial energy, evocative of cave painting, that has emotional and spiritual resonance.
Allen has a BFA from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Southeast and internationally, notably in the exhibition Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the 21st Century, which traveled to China and Southeast Asia. His work resides in numerous public and private collections. He is a recipient of a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission.