SIX OF ONE: ALLISON SOMMERS
Six Quick Questions
With One of My Favorite Artists
In the Field with Lori Zimmer
I have already interviewed Allison Sommers more extensively for PMc Magazine. Check out the entire interview here. But since I have my own column now, where I feature my favorite artists in a six question questionnaire format, I decided I couldn’t have a favorite artist section and not feature my friend Allison in it.
Imagine a world where grotesque can be adorable. This is the world of Allison Sommers’ paintings. Her freaks, monsters and evil cats make the monster under the bed seem kinda cute. I met Allison at an opening when she was visiting New York, and she and her cute German hubby have since relocated to good old Brooklyn, along with their pet hedgehog.
The illustrator has since done pieces for Thinkspace in LA, Japan benefits, and has made a pact to herself to paint 50 paintings by her birthday in the fall. She has an unnatural obsession with pigeons.
Allison likes to work small–and I mean TINY, sometimes her paintings are only a few inches tall.
1. What are you currently obsessed with?
Pigeons! Tiny books. My 1/50 project.
2. Describe your work in three words
Meaty. Irreverent. Beastly.
3. What are your favorite recent exhibitions?
The German Extpressionism exhibition at Moma is unparalleled. Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner. The Art Book Fair at Moma PS1 last fall.
4. What is your favorite place and why?
I have a few, I suppose–The Walter Reed Medical Museum (RIP). The bamboo forest on the beach where I grew up. A bee-keeper’s farm in rural Germany which is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been, bar none.
5. What is your go to karaoke song?
The song I always sit on, fretting and chewing my nails (I have never mustered up the stones to actually sing karaoke) is “Almost Always True.” By Elvis. From Blue Hawaii.
6. What book has most influenced you?
The various books in the Doctor Dolittle series went very, very far in forming the child that turned into the “grown-up” I am.
Allison Sommers is an artist and illustrator living with her husband, Gerrit, in Brooklyn. They have a hedgehog named Ludvig.
Written by Lori Zimmer
Photography by Jonathan Grassi
Addition Photography of Art © & Courtesy of Allison Sommers
Design by Marie Havens
Allison Sommers, in her studio, NYC, Photography by Jonathan Grassi
“Killing Time,” Art © & Courtesy of Allison Sommers
“Swampside Morning,” Art © & Courtesy of Allison Sommers
“The Grove,” Art © & Courtesy of Allison Sommers