Born: Brooklyn, NY 1947 I started painting in the 1980's and took a hiatus for more than 20 years and picked up the brushes again in 2007. Stated showing again in 2009.
For the most part, I'm a realistic oil painter who's drawn to the abstract patterns, random shapes and aesthetic tensions I see in manufactured objects—mostly within the confines of architectural structures and mechanisms.
Although I make art in a realistic style, my focus isn’t necessarily on copying the information of a photograph or the exact rendering of objects, but rather on conveying the aesthetic tensions, mood, and interesting designs created by—and within—those objects. I ask viewers to share a journey of discovery with me and hope they’ll become as fascinated and moved as I am about the surprising beauty that can be found in what’s often taken for commonplace.
In this way, I define my works as abstract compositions nested in the guise of realism, and I use this notion to inform my choices of what to present.
Self-Taught for the most part.
Courses at SVA (NYC) in 1980s
Classes w/Gary Godbee at Montclair Art Museum
Summer Workshops w/David Kapp
Over 120 museum, art fair and gallery exhibitions including: “Hyperrealism" at The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago; “Re-Presenting Realism” at the Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY), ArtPrize7 and ArtPrize8 in Grand Rapids, MI: The ArtHamptons Art Fair; Art Palm Springs; Art Palm Beach; The International Guild of Realism's Masterworks Traveling Museum Tour; "Something More Than Realism" at Galeria ArteLibre in Zaragosa, Spain;“Industrialism in the 21st Century” at the Nicole Longnecker Gallery; “Under Construction: Dimensional Interludes” at Denise Bibro Fine Art in NYC; and “Luster – Realistic and Hyperrealistic Art of Automobiles and Motorcycles”, which made its debut at the Daytona Beach Museum of Art & Science in March 2018, traveling to fourteen museums throughout the US through 2022.
Awarded a Fellowship for Painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (2013). In 2011, awarded a resident fellowship to Vermont Studio Center and invited back again in 2014 and 2018. In 2016, selected for a fellowship residency by the ESKFF Foundation at Mana Contemporary.
SOLO AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Light Peeking Through - Gallery @ 350 Bleecker - NYC
Seduced by Steel, Concrete & Glass - The Yard: City Hall Park - NYC
Automotive Abstractions - JacksoNewark Gallery - Hoboken, NJ
Allan Gorman at the Atrium - Morris Arts’ Atrium Gallery - Morristown, NJ
Surfaces, Shapes and Spaces - McGraw Gallery @ Newark Academy - Livingston, NJ
Allan Gorman’s “Ready to Rumble Road Show” -- A series of “pop-up” exhibits at Harley Davidson dealers in NY, NJ and PA from May - November
Magic in the Machines - Rotunda Art Gallery, J&J World Headquarters, New Brunswick NJ
Revved Up and Ready to Rumble - Azarian MCCullough Art Gallery at St Thomas Aquinas, Sparkill NY
Geometries & Reflections - Holy Family University, Philadelphia PA
Motivated by Machinery - Hillside Square Art Galleries, Montclair NJ
Allan Gorman Paintings - Lundbeck Corporation Art Gallery, Paramus NJ
Industrial Intrigue - Gallery 50 Contemporary Art, Rehoboth Beach DE
Abstract Journeys - Sussex County Community College Art Galleries, Newton NJ
Allan Gorman Paintings - Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC
STRUCKtures! - Phoenix Gallery, NYC
Structural Harmonies - Brassworks on Grove Art Gallery, Montclair NJ
ART FAIRS AND MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS
2018 - 2021
LUSTER - Realism and Hyperealism in Contemporary Automobile and Mortorcycle Painting -
(Multiple museum traveling exhibit) - Museum of Arts & Science - Daytona Beach, FL; Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum - Logan, KS; Marie V. Howard Arts Center - Rocky Mount, NC; Saginaw Art Museum - Saginaw, MI; Sangre de Christo Arts & Conference Center - Pueblo, CO; Haggin Museum - Stockton, CA; Michelle & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts - Springfield, MA
Something More Than Realism - Galleria ArteLibre - Zaragosa, Spain
New Jersey Arts Annual - The Noyes Museum of Art - Stockton, NJ
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Oh My! - The Monmouth Museum - Lincroft, NJ
ArtPrize 7 - Grand Rapids MI
International Guild of Realism Masterworks Museum Tour - E.W. Norton Galleries - Shreveport LA; Ocala Museum of Art - Ocala FL; Albany Museum of Art - Albany GA
ArtPrize 6 - Grand Rapids MI
Re-Presenting Representation Invitational VIII - Arnot Art Museum - Elmira NY
LA Art Show (w/Rehs Contemporary) - Los Angeles CA
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show (w/Rehs Contemporary) - Palm Beach FL
Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show (w/Rehs Contemporary) - Naples FL
NJSCA Fellowship Award Winners’ Exhibition - Long Beach Island Foundation - Loveladies NJ
Member’s Exhibition - Hunterdon Museum - Clinton NJ
56th Annual Contemporary Art Exhibition - Strohl Art Center - Chautauqua NY
“PechuKucha” Slide Night - Montclair Art Museum - Montclair NJ
HyperReal (4 artists) - The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago IL
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair (w/Lia Skidmore Contemporary Art)- Palm Springs CA
ArtGreenwich ArtFair|Sept (w/Anthony Brunelli Fine Art) - Greenwich CT
ArtHamptons Int’l Art Fair (w/Anthony Brunelli Fine Art) - Bridgehampton NY
ArtGreenwich ArtFair|Spring (w/Anthony Brunelli Fine Art) - Greenwich CT
Mid-Atlantic Art - Hoyt Center for the Arts - New Castle PA
3 Oil Painters - Perkins Art Center - Collingswood NJ
NJ Arts Annual - NJ State Museum - Trenton NJ