Published on November 12th, 2015 | by TLV News0
Local Artist Lowdown: Allan Innman
Favorite Quotation: “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.”
Home town: Oxford, Miss.
How long have you lived in Oxford? I lived in Oxford for about 29 years until I moved to Athens, Ga. for graduate school. The first time I ever moved away from Oxford I was about to be 30 and suddenly missed the love and support that came from the town. I live now in the metro-Jackson area so I try and get back to Oxford as much as possible.
Artistic Style: I’m currently interested in integrating Hyperrealism with abstraction and elements of illustration.
Favorite Medium: Oil paint is my absolute go-to.
Favorite Artistic Tool or Implement: Lately, I’ve been enjoying smearing paint on with a trowel and seeing where that takes me. But a paintbrush is usually my most utilized tool.
Where do you get your ideas & inspiration: I love to mine childhood ephemera for ideas—like old 80s Saturday morning cartoons, comic books, trapper keepers, and especially toys. I’m very much interested in childhood make-believe.
Favorite project you’ve completed: My favorite project would have to be the artwork for my MFA Thesis. The work I was making was bigger and looser. Very different from my smaller, hyperreal work. I spent many sleepless nights covered head to toe in paint, running on paint fumes, and drinking copious amounts of sweet tea.
Can we see any of your art on display: I have some paintings at Southside Gallery. And a painting currently up at The Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson.
Favorite Bands: Classixx, The War on Drugs, Cut Copy, Letherette, Nujabes
Favorite Books/Authors: I’m finishing up Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Love it! It’s an 80s pop culture indulgence about virtual reality and video games.
What do you love about Oxford, and what do you wish you could change? I love that Oxford has always been a cultural mecca in the vast Mississippi desert. And I’ll always be appreciative of the fact that Oxford loves the arts and supports its artists, musicians, and writers. What would I change? No more condos!