Paul Allik

(1946-2003)

Usspass (Namiibia). 1996

Oil on canvas. 64 x 70 cm
Starting price 2 142 (sold)


Paul Allik "Usspass (Namiibia)"

Paul Allik "Usspass (Namiibia)"

Paul Allik is a rare example in the modern Estonian art history. Allik, having received his initial education in Tartu Art School, did not penetrate into the core of avant-garde immediately in 1960ies while starting with his exhibitions. A certain saucy diffidence towards the graduates of the Tartu school, prevailing in the art world of that period, directed Allik to totally different paths while comparing with “the art of Tallinn”. But just so, by consistently walking along his own path, Allik still developed into one of the most significant painters of the 1980ies and 1990ies. While doing things his own way, an important role was played by a legendary anchoret, one of the most significat post-war bearers of the “Pallas” values, Alfred Kongo. Kongo, whose certain positioning was difficult, was in his creation very stubborn, working in exactly such manner as his heart told him to, not following fashion trends. It is Kongo, from who Allik received his brilliant skill to control colours, which in a paradox manner enabled him to scatter them in his later creation onto the canvas in a very different manner. When Kongo’s colours are controlled in an emphasized manner, then Allik is cheerful, even dissipating. His colours are from another edge of the palette – happy, optimistic, extending of the space experience. He was called in a justified manner “a painter with a sensitive and light hand”, furthermore – in Allik was seen a painter par excellence. Really, when in the 1990ies, when the novelty of painting became under question, it was Allik, who continued with unshakeable serenity walking on his personal path.
Being an artist is his real essence. Allik moved peacefully in different spheres of painting: from the portraits of the 1970ies he reached the expressionism of the 1980ies and from there on to the painting of the 1990ies, which included traits of abstractionism. None of his works express pretence, following of models, the will to settle down in a certain trend. He always remained himself.
It is somewhat remarkable that Allik stayed on the foreground in the 1990ies. Allik, who had always emphasized the classical values of painting – colour, composing of light and space – did not match the mood of the era. But still. It was mid-1990ies, when Allik was asked to participate in a number of exhibitions, in 1994 he received the annual prize of painting – Allik was undoubtedly in his top shape. Two years later the artist decided to continue old traditions and headed with his painting-box … for Africa. While travelling among other countries also in Namibia, Allik was a real author of the beginning of the century: he sat down where the view charmed his artist’s eye the most. After finishing of the preliminary work, during the final painting process, Allik was like Mägi at Saaremaa: light, quick, improvisational, free. This was obvious while looking at works by Allik: a lot of air and space, no signs of limitations. The horizon has been pushed into the distance, leaving room for the multi-coloured African nature. The brush is moving rapidly both on the canvas and the palette, the abundance of colours is organised but playful. Allik undoubtedly is making use of all painting possibilities. We may be quite convinced: while painting in Africa, Allik was at the peak of both his abilities and creative freedom.

Appearance in auctions

Esimene rohelus
Paul Allik
Esimene rohelus
1986. 65 x 72 cm
HAUS / X AUCTION, 2002 spring Haus Gallery 09.05.2002
1 470
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Usspass (Namiibia)
Paul Allik
Usspass (Namiibia)
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 70 cm
HAUS GALLERY XVIth ART AUCTION, 2005 spring Haus Gallery 25.04.2005
1 726
Final price: 2 141
(sold)"> (sold)Nümf
Paul Allik
Nümf
1992. Oil, canvas 70 x 80 cm
HAUS GALLERY XVIII ART AUCTION, 2006 spring. Contemporary art ArtDepoo 18.04.2006
2 684
Final price: 2 684
(sold)"> (sold)Istub (Sitting)
Paul Allik
Istub (Sitting)
2001. Oil, canvas 55 x 48 cm (framed)
HAUS GALLERY XX ART AUCTION, 2007 spring. Contemporary Art ArtDepoo 05.04.2007-17.04.2007
1 598
Final price: 1 821
(sold)"> (sold)Jahtklubis
Paul Allik
Jahtklubis
1987. oil on canvas 85 x 95 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 08.11.2010-10.11.2010
2 173
Final price:
Pirita
Paul Allik
Pirita
1987. oil on canvas 75 x 85 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery 08.11.2010-10.11.2010
2 173
Final price:
Roheline ring
Paul Allik
Roheline ring
1992. oil on canvas 75 x 88.5 cm (not framed)
HAUS GALLERY XXXVI ART AUCTION. 2014 autumn Haus Gallery 06.10.2014
2 800
Final price:
(sold)"> (sold)Viiul
Paul Allik
Viiul
1990. 47 x 55.5 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's anniversary auction Haus Gallery 03.11.2017
1 100
Final price: 2 150
(sold)"> (sold)Natüürmort ananassiga
Paul Allik
Natüürmort ananassiga
1990. Oil, canvas 61 x 75 cm (framed)
Haus Gallery's Autumn Auction Haus Gallery 01.11.2018
1 900
Final price: 4 050

Appearance in exhibitions

Auas mountains II
Paul Allik
Auas mountains II
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 70 cm
1 Haus Gallery 14.04.2005-20.05.2005
price: 383
Savann Auase mäestikus
Paul Allik
Savann Auase mäestikus
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 70 cm
1 Haus Gallery 14.04.2005-20.05.2005
price: 383
Auas mountains III
Paul Allik
Auas mountains III
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 70 cm
1 Haus Gallery 14.04.2005-20.05.2005
price: 383
Matchless mine I
Paul Allik
Matchless mine I
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 74 cm
1 Haus Gallery 14.04.2005-20.05.2005
price: 383
Kupferberg pass
Paul Allik
Kupferberg pass
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 74 cm
1 Haus Gallery 14.04.2005-20.05.2005
price: 383
Auas mountains, Aris directions
Paul Allik
Auas mountains, Aris directions
1996. Oil on canvas 64 x 74 cm
1 Haus Gallery 14.04.2005-20.05.2005
price: 383
Nukunurk
Paul Allik
Nukunurk
1987. Oil, canvas 79 x 98 cm (not framed)
ArtDepoo 24.09.2008-11.10.2008

Üks naine toas
Paul Allik
Üks naine toas
1992. Oil, canvas 160 x 175 cm (not framed)
ArtDepoo 24.09.2008-11.10.2008

Roheline laud
Paul Allik
Roheline laud
1989. Oil, canvas 180 x 150 cm (not framed)
ArtDepoo 24.09.2008-11.10.2008

Akt sidrunitega
Paul Allik
Akt sidrunitega
1992. Oil, canvas 100 x 145 cm (not framed)
ArtDepoo 24.09.2008-11.10.2008

Patsiga
Paul Allik
Patsiga
1990. Oil, canvas 140 x 110 cm (not framed)
ArtDepoo 24.09.2008-11.10.2008

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