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Courtesy of Harper’s, New York. Photo by Lorena Cruz Santiago.

Allie Mcghee

Born in 1941, Charleston, United States

Lives and works in Detroit, United States

Overview

A pillar of the Detroit art community since the 1960s, Allie McGhee (b. 1941, Charleston, WV) is known for his lyrical, material-driven works rendered in swirling constellations of industrial paint and found media. Inspired by cosmology, African symbolism, and the rhythms of free jazz, his work explores the inherent tensions between spontaneity and premeditation, intention, and accident. These spattered, trawled, and often deconstructed pieces are composed by pouring paint and using hand tools r...Read more