Allen Blagden began formally painting in 1948 at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT, under the tutelage of his father, artist Thomas Blagden. From his earliest days art informed his life, taking him to the National Serengeti Park in Kenya, to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, to the South of France, England, and Ireland, the Adirondacks and Maine. He builds on a foundation of detailed pencil drawings that illuminate texture and form to create memorable, accurate renditions of his subjects. Blagden’s field of vision is encompassing, ranging from portraits of friends, to landscapes, to birds and mammals. His watercolors, renowned for their color, compositions, and technique, are held in permanent museum collections across the United States and by numerous private collectors.
Awards: Allied American Artists Prize for Best First One Man Show, 1964; Century Association Medal, 1970; National Academy of Design Certificate of Merit, 1977; Arts For the Parks, Bronze Medal Marine Award, 2000
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