Stanford Art Spaces

April 13, 2012 to June 21, 2012, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Jose Allen
Wayne Jiang
Terry Thompson

Semana Santa 2 © 2012 Jose Allen

Shermans © 2012 Wayne Jiang

Sign Abstraction © 2012 Terry Thompson

This exhibit is on the Stanford University campus, mainly in the Paul G. Allen building (C.I.S.) but also continues in the David Packard building and in Jordan Hall’s Psychology office. Buildings are open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists.
For information: contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or - or contact DeWitt Cheng, Associate Curator, at

Jose Allen
Pinata © 2012
La Fiesta © 2012

Born in El Salvador, with family from Honduras, Guatemala and the U.S.A., Jose Allen began painting at the age of nine. As a child, he painted scenes from movies for his mother, but he always preferred painting people in the folkloric tradition of his heritage “as they really are short, fat, whatever.” He was inspired by the works of the Honduran painter, Jose Velasquez. “He is my hero.” Nevertheless, Allen regrets that Velasquez’ work sometimes depicts things not as they are but as they ought to be. “Houses should look like they really are faded, dirty.”

Allen went to Santa Rosa Junior College for two semesters to study art, but there his teacher encouraged him to stick with his own nave style. “And that’s what I did,” says Allen. “I want people to see simplicity in my art, even though it’s really not that simple.” His works are in several private collections in DC and public venues, including Casa Maryland in Takoma Park, MD, the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC, and Casa del Pueblo in San Francisco. He currently resides in the DC area.

For more art by Jose Allen, click here.

Wayne Jiang
By the Campfire © 2012

“The fundamental nature of my aesthetic rests in the use of simple, quiet compositions that visually communicate emotion within the precepts of narrative realism: intimate scenes of family gatherings, unusual renderings of ordinary objects, subtle glimpses of everyday life.” These images are collectively reflected on stillness, solitude, and mystery; yet with an element of comfort and familiarity.

Jiang’s creative approach is driven by the desire to balance traditional principles of painting and contemporary design. He finds inspiration in a variety of artistic genres and periods, including 17th Century Dutch genre paintings, 19th and 20th Century American Realism, as exemplified in the works of John Singer Sargent and Andrew Wyeth, and modern documentary photographers such as Walker Evans and Sally Mann. In his effort to bring together traditional and contemporary design practices, he strives to create works of art that retain a timeless quality, while incorporating contemporary subject matter. In doing so, it is his resolve to provide viewers with visual explanations of emotion that will hopefully make for a lasting impression.

For more art by Wayne Jiang, click here.

Terry Thompson
Empty Sign San Jose Round © 2012 Terry Thompson

Thompson enjoys searching for beauty in the man-made world. He generally looks for subjects in urban landscape, trying to see anew the over-looked, the decaying, and the banal. “I strive to make formally interesting and beautiful images from everyday subject matter extraordinary from the ordinary.”

His photos are often about the interaction of color the play of light or intricate patterns more than they are about the subject itself. “I am especially drawn to signage, particularly older unique signs that speak to the passing of time.” His series of “empty signs” are more metaphorical, about change and unrelenting time. “Looking at the man-made world through my camera has caused me to adjust my definition of beauty. Perhaps my photographs can compel viewers to re-examine their notions of beauty as well.”

For more art by Terry Thompson, click here.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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