This "Desert Dusk" landscape print is from Matthew Allen's "Escapism" series, which features contemporary gestural abstract landscapes, objects and environments. These works feature a limited color palette, and each element was created using only one gesture or mark. The meditative process of creating the artwork in this series, made during the 2020 pandemic, was the most calming and freeing of any that Matthew has made in his career.
Matthew is a former Surfer Magazine Art Director and co-creator of the now retired boutique surf brand The Ryde. Much of his fine art and photography revolves around beach and surf culture. Matthew spends his days shooting photos and making art as well as creating illustrations for clients such as UNIQLO, Ford Motor Company, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Ron Herman, Champion, Vans, Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, and the Anaheim Ducks. Most of his other waking hours are spent surfing and making music.