Allen Blagden is one of the most outstanding watercolorists of his time. His penetrating renderings of sky and water, of people , birds and landscapes fall within the academic traditions of the best of American realist painting. Mildred Thaler Cohen, director of the Marbella Gallery, New York City, NY
Born in 1938, Allen Blagden began formally painting in 1948 at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut under the tutelage of his father, artist Thomas Blagden. At a time when abstraction was the prevalent style, he stayed with realism in the tradition of Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth. His technique is to begin with a linear pencil drawing and to build up layer upon layer of watercolor, often working with dry brush. He likes the quiet tonalities of dawn and twilight and rejects vivid color. He received his BFA from Cornell University in 1962 and held his first solo show soon after at the Janet Nessler Gallery in New York City, winning the Allied American Artist's Prize for Best First One Man Show of the Year. He hasn't ceased working since, holding countless group and solo shows, continuing up until the present day.