Oceania Cruise Line - Artist in Residence Aboard Riviera / Marina

Oceania Cruise Line - Artist in Residence Aboard Riviera / Marina

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE W. ANDRE ALLEN
OCEANIA CRUISE LINE ABOARD THE RIVIERA AND MARINA TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH HIS GALLERY
TEACHING HOW TO PAINT ON GLASS

Operating as usual

08/18/2021
Photos from Oceania Cruise Line - Artist in Residence Aboard Riviera / Marina's post 07/27/2021

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05/25/2021

OLife At Home Social Series | W. Andre Allen

05/25/2021

OLife At Home Social Series | W. Andre Allen

W. Andre Allen interview with Oceania Home Social Series

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Photos from Oceania Cruise Line - Artist in Residence Aboard Riviera / Marina's post 05/20/2021

Thanks, my work looks great in the space..
Don and Kyo from Zwada Design
Vancouver BC

Photos from Oceania Cruise Line - Artist in Residence Aboard Riviera / Marina's post 05/16/2021

Looking forward to getting back at sea August 24th 2021!

05/16/2021
04/25/2021

Peace and Love

02/15/2021

Just received my new schedule for 2022. So excited to have another great thing to look forward too.

Marina (Oceania Cruise Line) 2022 Buenos Aires to Miami

06/27/2020

Chatting with gallery owner and artist W. Andre Allen
Two, If By Sea

by Chase Quinn
City Paper Charleston

W. Andre Allen’s life changed when he met the owner of Oceania Cruise Lines
Gallery owner W. Andre Allen was at his rock bottom when the tide turned. After finishing college in Miami and working in the music industry in PR and in the restaurant business, his career as an artist had come to a stand-still. "From 2008 on I think I sold, oh my god, maybe one or two pieces," he recalls, regarding his tenure at the South Florida Art Center where he rented a studio.

But in 2010, a fortune-bearing stranger walked in. "A man was just standing there. He had all these books on him. And prints and everything." He was the owner of Oceania Cruise Lines. He liked Allen's acrylic paintings on glass and he wanted to buy them — a lot of them.

"He asked me where I had been and everything ... I lied, I had been in such a bad depression. He said, 'If I needed you to do this or that, 10 or 20 times over for me, would you be able to do that?'" He had a new ship he was outfitting and he wanted Allen's work on the cabin walls. "He pulled out all of the blueprints and was showing me all of the suites and where he wanted to put all of the paintings and it finally hit me. He bought 100 pieces and that changed my whole life."

Allen would go on to furnish a twin ship for Frank Del Rio (president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line), too. And many more thereafter, becoming one of the top-selling African-American artists in South Florida from 2011-2015. "I don't know any other artist who has a collector with that much of their work."

You can see Allen's marketing background play out walking through his Downtown Charleston gallery, which opened last year, located at 140 East Bay St., just South of the busy area near restaurant row. In addition to the mostly abstract, contemporary works on the walls (the one exception being the more figural pieces done by none other than soul singer Betty Wright, his famous godmother) there are scarves and cover-ups, printed with Allen's work. His merchandise is also carried on the cruise line where, for the last eight years, he has spent four months out of the year as an artist-in-residence, making art and touring Europe and French Polynesia.

The gallery opened on East Bay Street in the summer of 2018 - PROVIDED
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The gallery opened on East Bay Street in the summer of 2018
Allen's interest in art was spurred by accident while touring with Wright. The band's wardrobe never arrived, so Allen went to Michael's and started embellishing clothes with rhinestones. That was in the '90s. From there he was inspired by an artist he met at an African Expo in Miami, who was selling painted vases and plates.

"I bought 10 plates and anything that said acrylic paint for glass. I started doing the fair on South Beach every Sunday at 6:30 a.m. I had a table, but no studio. I was working out of my closet at the time and I thought that was the coolest thing."

As it happens, lightning would strike twice for Allen. After meeting Del Rio in 2010, he would meet his romantic and business partner, Jeffery Allen Holden, the very next day.
"Our anniversary was yesterday," says Allen. "We've got nine years." Jeff is a joint owner in W. Andre Allen Gallery and also took up art after they met. Many of his works are featured on the gallery walls, as well. There's a blue series, like aerial shots of ocean currents. Jeff also designs the furniture for the gallery. Together, they represent Baltimore-born, Instagram-discovered artist Ty Davis Bey. Jeff saw his work first, and contacted him on social media. His contemporary paintings are diffuse, using a technique he calls "Evolutionary," where the paint is applied with alcohol or water, creating blotted clouds of color, like ink stains on paper.

Beyond the gallery, Allen and Holden are also working with local real estate agents, staging companies, and interior designers to furnish the million-dollar homes of the Lowcountry. It has been an unconventional journey for an unconventional painter. Self taught, Allen also has dyslexia, a condition that translates to his painting process. "I work in reverse," he says "Where artists finish, I start."

Namely, he starts with the figures in the foreground of a composition and works backwards. The result is a diverse body of work that most recently has culminated in a series of paintings that almost resemble metro maps, intricately connected tributaries meeting and diverting along an imaginary grid. It is appropriately called the Manhattan Series.

You can visit the W. Andre Allen Contemporary Art Gallery Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays.
6161 NW 32nd Way 33309

02/21/2020

Its been over 8 years. What a blessing to be able to go back out to sea once again with my gallery. Thank you God for the safe journey and a safe return! Peace and Love

12/11/2019

Oceania Cruise Line - Artist in Residence Aboard Riviera / Marina

Here is the metallic paint that I found at Michael’s.

12/11/2019

SUPPLIES.... AMAZON

Michaels or Amazon. Decoart paint/Americana.
When buying a sealer you should go to Michaels and ask for acrylic varnish. Not necessary to use the Minwax brand. Thanks and I hope this helps. Happy painting..

11/25/2019

November 15-25 Caribbean
My class was amazing once again.. Thanks for doing a great job guys. Hope you booked your next cruise with us...
Peace and Love

07/30/2019

Blessing to be apart of this amazing ship! Doing all the original painting for all the men’s and ladies room. So very grateful..

04/15/2019

Hard to believe about a month ago I was on the Marina in the French Polynesia and now this! Crazy right...

03/23/2019

Here is the metallic paint that I found at Michael’s.

03/20/2019

FRENCH POLYNESIA

In the atrium!

03/20/2019

SUPPLIES PHOTOS ARE POSTED!

THANKS AGAIN ANDRE AND CASSIDY

03/20/2019

Part 6

Papeete,French Polynesia to Peru 2019 Feb-Mar

What an amazing Artist in Residence 38 days adventure. Thanks to an amazing group of guest I had the pleasure of teaching. If you have any question please ask?
Thanks Again

03/20/2019

Part 5

Papeete,French Polynesia to Peru 2019 Feb-Mar

What an amazing Artist in Residence 38 days adventure. Thanks to an amazing group of guest I had the pleasure of teaching. If you have any question please ask?
Thanks Again

03/20/2019

Part 3

Papeete,French Polynesia to Peru 2019 Feb-Mar

What an amazing Artist in Residence 38 days adventure. Thanks to an amazing group of guest I had the pleasure of teaching. If you have any question please ask?
Thanks Again

03/20/2019

Michaels or Amazon. Decoart paint/Americana.
When buying a sealer you should go to Michaels and ask for acrylic varnish. Not necessary to use the Minwax brand. Thanks and I hope this helps. Happy painting..

03/20/2019

Part 2

Papeete,French Polynesia to Peru 2019 Feb-Mar

What an amazing Artist in Residence 38 days adventure. Thanks to an amazing group of guest I had the pleasure of teaching. If you have any question please ask?
Thanks Again

03/20/2019

Part 1
Papeete,French Polynesia to Peru 2019 Feb-Mar

What an amazing Artist in Residence 38 days adventure. Thanks to an amazing group of guest I had the pleasure of teaching. If you have any question please ask?
Thanks Again

12/05/2018
10/01/2018

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09/29/2018

Baltic Sea 2018

09/29/2018

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09/06/2018

Just wanted to apology for not posting the plates from the last few cruises. Father passed away and will post soon. Feel free to message me.. All the best.
W. Andre Allen

08/11/2018

Another great class (Marina)Amsterdamn to South Hampton

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