Frank Louis Allen Live I Analysis

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Frank Louis Allen is from Bedfordshire, England and is also autistic but discovered his talent after suffering from a back injury. When Frank Louis Allen draws, he plays music or the television to distract his brain enough to let his subconscious do the work, therefore giving his hands the freedom to flow with all of the ideas that are in his head. Allen used marker in his Live I and Live II drawings, located in the basement of the Academic Center, but mainly used black throughout both drawings. Live I stars from the top right of the canvas and gives a feeling that the drawing is just falling from the top down to the bottom. Live II on the other hand starts from the center and expands out. Looking at both drawings you can see that everything …show more content…
We found that there is no actual meaning behind these paintings but Allen states that his drawings are his “expressions though autism.” Allen allows his had to freely start drawing lines and when he can start to see something in the lines he adds the details. As we were looking at Allen’s first drawing, Live I, we wondered how many faces are actually in the painting. There’s are too many faces to be able to count as Allen has set the eyes so everywhere you look there is a new set of eyes. Seeing all of these eyes looking at us we also wondered if Allen wanted there to be a certain mood established from the eyes. Our question was, is there supposed to be a certain mood lingering over the paintings? The mods of his paintings reflect on how Allen is feeling or thinking at the moment of him drawing. The mood of the drawing had to do a lot with the lack of color throughout the canvas. Why did he only use primary colors to accent the paintings and use mainly black? We did a little research and came to a conclusion that because of Allen’s retinitis pigmentosa and is slowly making him blind so he draws or adds colors based on what he can see or on how he wants his viewers to see. Besides slowly going blind, Allen is autistic and he finds that drawing is an easy way for him to express himself but he also draws while listening to music or with the television on which also makes an impact on what he draws. Our last question was, is there a connection between the two paintings? The only connection that any of Allen’s paintings are is that Allen draws them freely and without any thought or plan into them. Allen is one of the few artists with a disability that will never get in the way of what he loves to

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