"I grew up on a farm in southern Ohio. Strong women have been prominent in my life; the strength and earthiness of them have influenced the development of my technique and art process. Much of my artwork depicts female figures working and doing chores around the farm.
As a self-taught artist, I never took formal art classes in school or college. It wasn't until I went backpacking through Europe and visiting the great cities and their museums that I realized the way to express my thoughts and emotions was through art. It was years later in my travel across the United States and Europe, that I was struck by the universality of my figures.
Art is also a way for me and the viewer to connect to memories and feelings from the past to the present. I think it is incumbent on me to help viewers picture thoughts, whether good or bad. Thoughts that help to create the emotions I love to express in my craft.
Lastly, I hope that through my work viewers find a meaningful link to roads traveled and people met."
Allen Wynn’s archetypal sculptures call up personal associations from all who see them. These figures may represent any kind of person, anywhere in the world, because the artist has freed them from extraneous detail and has stated their meaning in the simplest terms. Allen Wynn has taken his impressions from earliest childhood memories through very recent experience and has interpreted them in a universal language.
Allen Wynn’s tough, graceful sculptures represent the inner beings of working people that he has known all his life. They are usually women, sometimes accompanied by a child whose role is that of a cleared-eyed observer. Occasionally he will add a bird or a fish, not as an overt symbol but as a simple evocation of rural existence. The figures are reserved yet accessible, their train of thought reinforced by gestures as simple as the turn of a head or the position on an arm. Their emotions are contained within themselves.
Allen Wynn has developed his own sculptural medium in order to achieve the tactile, responsive quality his work requires. He builds a wooden framework, then a fiberglass mixture is applied. He adds thin layers of this substance to the armature, adding and subtracting and modeling until the contours and the texture are right. He uses different paints for each patina, creating an effect subtle, depth that changes according to the light and time of the day."
Allen Wynn’s sculptures are monumental in proportion, whether they are large or small in size. They are ageless in style and timeless in their emotional and intellectual content.