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Professional Artist Allen L. Clapp

I am a Professional Engineer and an artist. My passion is abstract painting with acrylics.

Like many children of the 1940s, my first exposure to art was in oil painting classes. In my youth, I studied landscape painting with oils for several years until developing an allergic reaction to some of the related chemicals. Dad was a good illustrator/engineer (he designed and built high-end wood office furniture). From him, I learned drawing and illustration.

Whatever you want to say about life, passion is a great driving force. My interest in abstract art blossomed at the NCSU School of Design in 1961, when I had an opportunity to participate in beta tests of new acrylic formulations under the tutelage of Joe Cox and George Bireline. The works of Leroy Nieman, Alexander Calder, Piet Mondrian, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock greatly influenced my early acrylic paintings and glazed tile murals. I won a variety of awards in juried exhibitions at NCSU during the 1960s.

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