Vibrant, Sun-soaked Paintings by New Mexico Artist Allegra Sleep

By Dan in Featured Artists > Acrylic Paintings

Nicarauguan-born artist Allegra Sleep lived in Central America, South America and the Caribbean before moving to Taos, New Mexico in 1990.

Deaf since the age of sixteen, and primarily self-taught, Allegra’s paintings often reference memories of her childhood in Latin America, and incorporate themes of family and friendship, nature, and kinship with animals.

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Sleep of Reason, seen below, is one of several paintings currently shown in the Magical Realism section of her portfolio that juxtapose a child blissfully sleeping alongside (or playing with) wild animals.

sleep-of-reason

Each of these paintings is depicted in Allegra’s highly-recognizable style, with rich, dark outlines, warm complementary hues, and a drybrush texture throughout. Most of her subjects are shown with minimal shading, making for a unique “torn paper” collage effect with paint.

In Elsie & Mabel, two figures rise tall above the landscape, rivalling the telephone wires that stretch like stark reminders of technology and progress across the wild blue hills in the background.

elsie-and-mabel

It’s unknown to me who these two women are, or what their relationship was to the artist—but they are painted with such joy and significance that I can’t help but think they held great importance to her.

Last but not least, Wind Ponies is perhaps my favorite of all of Allegra’s paintings.

wind-ponies

Braced firmly against the hot desert wind, these fleet-yet-sturdy creatures have evolved to weather the dusty, harsh environment around them. Patient, strong, and canny, their spirits are one with the land—until such a time that they, too, fade away.

If you’d like to see more of Allegra Sleep’s gorgeous paintings, please take a minute to visit her website at allegrasleep.com.

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