Kearny , New Jersey, US, August 2020

Since the beginning of the year, I have been making a series of paintings that explore plays of light and shadow in empty spaces.

Five Steps 2020, oil on panel 20 x 16 in

Although it was completely intuitive, and a logical extension of some previous work, I feel the paintings evoke the poignancy of our forced solitary existence and the loneliness we all feel during the pandemic.

Doing these paintings keeps me focused and productive, and I believe they’re a true representation of me as an artist and a human living during these weird times.


Highline Stairs at 23rd Street 2020, oil on panel, 18 x 18 in


Empty Office with a Brick Wall 2020, oil on panel, 20 x 16 in

Going to the studio and working is a lot more purposeful and rewarding than vegging out in front of the TV all day.

I save that for the evenings when I come home.

Afternoon on Jerome Avenue 2020, oil on panel, 20 x 16 in


Allan Gorman’s resume includes over 120 exhibition showings in museums, galleries, and major art fairs. He was the recipient of a Fellowship for Painting from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and was awarded resident fellowships to Vermont Studio Center in 2011, 2014, and 2018. In 2016, he was selected for a fellowship residency by the ESKFF Foundation at Mana Contemporary. A number of the isolation paintings were recently featured in a solo show at the Beacon Art – Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor, N.J. (USA) Gorman maintains a studio practice in Kearny, New Jersey.