Just this past winter, Rock Titan Music Television had the great privilege and honor to meet up with the legendary drummer of Def Leppard, Rick Allen. How and Why? It turns out Rick Allen isn’t just a drummer, but he’s an accomplished painter as well! His artwork is featured in Wentworth Galleries across the country, and it just so happens Mr. Allen’s art will be back on display in King of Prussia May 12 – June 12. After much speculation earlier this past year, Def Leppard is indeed out on tour with Journey! So be sure to check out tour dates as well.
Interview with Rick Allen regarding his Artwork
Official Press Release by Wentworth Gallery
THE ART OF RICK ALLEN AT WENTWORTH GALLERY, KING OF PRUSSA
King of Prussia, PA – May 9, 2017
In celebration of the Def Leppard/Journey 2018 Tour area tour stops on May 25th in Hershey, Pa and June 11 in Philadelphia, Wentworth Gallery in King of Prussia is honored to present The Art of Rick Allen, a special exhibit of unique works created by the legendary drummer of Def Leppard. The show will run from May 12 through June 12.
Highlighted in this exhibit are Rick’s newest “Legend’s Series” portraits of Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and bandmate Steve Clark; Rick’s ‘Art to Wear’ jewelry line; hand-painted, studio-used bass and snare drums; sculpture, and more than fifty original works in a variety of media.
The show will benefit PROJECT RESILIENCEY, with programs serving US Service Veterans and others in crisis. Founded by Rick Allen and his wife, Lauren Monroe, Project Resiliency strives to raise awareness about PTSD while educating and empowering through programs that support, promote, and contribute to global healing, multicultural unification, and community leadership.
Over the past 12 years, Rick Allen and his wife Lauren Monroe have worked passionately with injured veterans from Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the recipient of the Humanitarian Award by Maria Shriver’s Best Buddies Foundation. On this exhibition day and every day, he honors his country and his extraordinary efforts by exhibiting his artworks of which a portion of each and every acquisition benefit his veterans Foundation.
As stated on the Project Resiliency website: “Awareness comes first. That’s why the Rockstar and the Warrior Outreach program is spreading the word about PTSD and educating communities about post-traumatic stress. What does a Rockstar and a Warrior have in common? Trauma, healing and helping others.”
Rick’s art is currently being showcased exclusively in Wentworth Gallery locations throughout the United States. www.wentworth-art.com
“We are honored to present this extraordinary collection in our galleries throughout the country, and to continue our efforts and our tradition of giving back to the men and women who serve our nation so selflessly. Our goal is to bring exposure to Project Resiliency through artistry.” – Christian O’Mahony, Principal Wentworth Gallery
“Music, Art and Photography have been passions of mine since I was a boy and now I am bringing these artistic expressions to life with paint and canvas. My life has been a journey of transformation and my art is a reflection of the many facets of dreams and perceptions that have shaped me to be the person I am today. Each piece has a story and a connection to my life from my roots in England, my life changing car accident, journey to America, travels around the globe and to my deep connection to Wounded Warriors and their struggle to heal.”
“The collection of Union Jacks, Angels, Hearts and Flags express messages of hope, transcendence and the human condition. The colorful pop art renditions of Victorian Phone Booths in London are created as metaphors of human communication and our need for soulful connection.” ~Rick Allen
About the Artist
Musician, Humanitarian, Visual Artist
Rick Allen became the drummer for Def Leppard at age 15. At the height of worldwide fame in 1984, he had a car accident that changed his life. Rick lost an arm, but turned personal tragedy into spiritual transformation and continued his musical career. While he was already a hero to millions of young people, he soon added millions of new admirers.
Since then Rick has been reaching out and giving support to others all over the globe by sharing his personal experiences and his love of drumming. Over the past 13 years Rick has reached out to teenage cancer patients, children with special needs, at risk youth in crisis, families of domestic violence and veterans who have served in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.
He was awarded the Humanitarian Award by Maria Shriver’s Best Buddies of CA in 2002 and in 2012, was also awarded the prestigious Wounded Warrior Project’s Carry It Forward Award. Rick continues his work helping wounded warriors through Project Resiliency’s Warrior Resiliency Program sponsored by his charity foundation the Raven Drum Foundation.
An integral part of Rick’s creative life went public in 2012. After years of personal photographic work, Allen ventured into the fine art world with a blockbuster debut collection of abstract artwork built from rhythm. Allen has become a pioneer in the new medium, utilizing drumsticks and rhythm to dictate abstract visuals on canvas.
The debut collection, featuring 300 pieces in its initial offering to the public and boasted a sold-out exhibition. A second collection, released in 2013, and titled “Rock-On-Canvas” met with a similar exceptional reception and brought forward a relationship with America’s leading fine art retailer Wentworth Galleries.
For more information about Project Resiliency please visit @ http://project-resiliency.org/