Allan Innman is a painter from Oxford, MS. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2006 with a BFA degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. From 2007-2012 he worked as Visual Resources Specialist in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. Currently, Allan attends the University of Georgia and is pursuing a Master of Fine Art degree in Drawing and Painting. His recent work is based around make-believe and fantasy through the depiction of toys. Allan has exhibited throughout the US and has artwork in collections in Italy, New York, California, and throughout the South.
He is currently represented by Southside Gallery of Oxford, MS.
My current series of work explores the idea of evoking nostalgia through the depiction of toys. As I grow older, I see it fit to immortalize these forgotten objects from my childhood into paintings. The paintings serve as a retrospective of my lost youth. They are the embodiment of a sacred time in my life and many other people’s lives when there are no responsibilities or pressures. My crossing over from childhood to adulthood has left me with a longing for the easy life of childhood. I hope to spark a memory from the viewer’s own childhood when viewing this series by using popular toys from my era. The toys that I used are universal to many people. Objects like Legos, army men, Play-Doh, action figures, dolls all find a place in my subject matter and are easily relatable. Even assembling these objects into the still-life’s composition can be compared to the very act of playing with the toys, reminiscent of so long ago when I was child.