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Emerging images

By Mamie Spiegel

“I still create chairs,” says Alan Siegel, who is having an opening of new work at the Manuel Chacon Gallery, March 1, at the Fabrica La Aurora. “I’ve returned to my original passion: oil-based paint. But look around my studio—you won’t see a single paint brush.”

Alan Siegel exhibition
Fri, Mar 1, 6-9pm
Manuel Chacon Gallery
Fábrica La Aurora

Siegel was known for his chairs, which were as much sculpture, as they were functional. Over the 25-year period of making them, he created hundreds of them, out of wood, aluminum, stainless steel, copper, bronze, and laminated plywood. They are in many museums and private and public collections.

Siegel uses a combination of trowels and large sheets of plexiglass to form the paint medium into organic patterns.

“Under pressure oil paint will create impressions that are closely related to patterns in nature, like coral, sea fans, roots, and other botanical forms,” said Alan. “These textures give the early stages of the painting a tapestry-like ground from which new images emerge.”

Siegel finds inspiration in the visceral quality of oil paints, and plays with varying viscosity to create different organic forms.

“My work has been preoccupied with dark ruminations. Recently it has taken a turn from darkness to light. Perhaps it is because of the sunshine of San Miguel and the warmth of the Mexican culture.”

Alan’s exhibition in the Manuel Chacon Gallery begins Friday, March 1, for an extended run, and you can see more of his work at


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