Allen Baron’s ubiquitous presence in the visual, commercial, and cinematic arts places him into a rare category of talent that transcends convention. His far-reaching artistic ability is evident in his contributions to the fields of illustration and cartoon, film, and painting, a history which distinguishes him as an artist who is not confined by the borders of his canvas.
Allen Baron was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He demonstrated an early aptitude for drawing, and at age 19 he enrolled in The School of Visual Arts in New York to study illustration. He worked for several years as a cartoonist and illustrator. In 1951 Mr. Baron entered the world of film and channeled his visual language through set design, acting, and- by 1959- as a writer and director. His success in the entertainment industry can be credited to his refined skills as a visual artist. Seeking perfection in composition, color, and light, Mr. Baron’s ability to create a strong visual narrative continues to characterize his current work.
Mr. Baron’s impressive film and television resume includes credits as a screen writer, actor, and director. He has won acclaim for film and television productions such as; “Charlie’s Angels”, “Mash”, “Pie in the Sky”, and “Dynasty”. His most recognized achievement in film is “Blast of Silence” (1961) which he wrote, directed, and starred. When originally released by Universal, the film received critical praise from every major national newspaper. In 2006 it was rereleased by Cine Classic, and by Criterion in 2008. Regarded as a classic film noir, “Blast of Silence”, is a testament to Mr. Baron’s enduring artistic vision.
Mr. Baron currently lives and works in Beverly Hills as a full time painter. His current body of abstract works are very different from the tight, realistic paintings of his early career. Mr. Baron’s expressionistic and nonobjective compositions are rich in texture and color. They are born out of emotion and intuition, an approach which has been cultivated by decades of work behind the easel and the camera.