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Monday, October 06, 2008


Major Fabulousity: Allen Cutler and Diablo Studio

It's a rare day when I get to debut a visual artist of such promise as Allen Cutler, the Connecticut-based visionary whose hand-sewn mythological tapestries are being snapped up by museums and collectors all over America this year. (Allen is a long-time friend, and I'm thrilled that his career is blowing up so enormously.) Inspired by various cultural images of life and death, his wall tapestries employ a centuries-old form with a modern sense of spectacle and color. Like many gay artists working in the Southwest and in other places, Cutler finds inspiration in the places where spirituality, mythology and homosexuality meet.

In the photos showcasing Cutler's work at his new online gallery, Diablo Studio, you can't really see the wild interplay of sequins, beading, and three-dimensional elements that infuse his work. But I can tell you that, unlike many of the artists I've featured over the last few years, I have actually purchased pieces from him: a beautiful blue and red beating heart called "Corazon Sagrado" where the sequins course with life underneath the lighting of my bedroom, and an untitled mythological figure that recalls Pan. Some of his work is priced very reasonably, and he also accepts commissions if you have an idea in mind.

I don't say this lightly -- Cutler is on the path to great things. If you're interested in having original art fill up your life (and increase in value), grab some pieces before he's out of reach.
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