Formally trained at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Jon truly refined his techniques on his own. He spent time in Europe during his formative years in awe of the centuries-old traditions of Western art. For Jon, it didn’t take long to realize his interest resided at the intersection of architecture and art and that sentiment remains a driving force. He counts among his influence’s abstract painters such as Paul Klee and influential architects like Frank Lloyd Wright. Jon Allen’s passion initially lead him to hand-making highly structural, architectural jewelry. He and his wife, Kelly, with their two kids in tow, participated in art shows across the country. The reputation and demand grew steadily; galleries all over were clamoring for Jon’s work. The open road became a semi-permanent way of life for several years. A truly prolific artist even in his earliest days, Allen continued to expand upon his designs and the demand for the work continued to grow. Even at highly-revered juried art shows, lines would form around Jon and Kelly's booth. Other exhibitors would even complain on occasion, but there was no recourse; there was simply nothing could diminish the connection between the people and Jon’s work. That connection would prove to be enduring.
A lifetime of imagery was etched into his memory from the unyielding cross-country drives; the coastal seaside villages, the desert dunes, the winding mountain roads, countless sunrises and sunsets, rolling fields of green, the smiling faces of his children in the rear view. All of these sights, sounds, colors, and people he and his family met along the way seeped into his work. That inspiration very organically proliferated into the work Jon is best known for today: his fine paintings, freestanding sculpture, handcrafted clocks, wall sculpture, and celebrated metal wall art. Today, Jon is revered as an innovator in the metal art realm. His work is well respected. It is often imitated but never replicated. His command over his chosen medium, metal, is unparalleled. When you approach Jon’s studio, you would guess you were seeing the work of no fewer than ten artists, each of whom had dedicated an entire lifetime to fine tuning their unique niche. How could one person so masterfully paint an ethereal painting of an exotic jellyfish with electric tentacles that looks as though it were painted on glass and an abstract portrait that is evocative of Picasso? Surely not the same artist who just completed an art deco wall sculpture or 10-foot freestanding sculpture. But you would guess wrong.
Why metal art? Metal art offers an alternative to a traditional artist’s canvas that interior designers and architects prefer for its ability to portray a calming, tranquil ambiance. Reinventing itself through recycling, metal is a medium that conveys power and demonstrates the brilliance of reflective light. Jon enjoys using this unique material as well as tools that infuses his pieces with the strength and intensity that were once only captured in his mind’s eye. Jon is adept, adroit, dexterous and passionate. Always forging forward, he isn’t interested in maintaining the status quo; his creative tank is fueled by change, stimulation, motion, and movement. He is constantly challenging himself to push the bounds of what’s possible. Allen’s work is his hobby. It is his joy, his outlet, the thing that keeps him up nights. A South Florida resident for many years, Jon enjoys marine life and is inspired by his many exotic fish and other sea life. Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and two children as well as his sisters and extended family. His hobbies include making art, thinking about making art, talking about making art, and dreaming about making art when he is asleep. He has been building a new home studio with space to work indoors and outdoors. Jon’s work is collected internationally, has been displayed in over 200 galleries worldwide, and is admired in public spaces, hotels, corporate facilities, and private collections. It has won awards and has been seen in film and television on many occasions.
Here on Statements2000.com, you’ll find Jon’s most popular designs. “Statements2000” art consists of the classic art pieces Jon is best known for and that collectors have requested again and again through the years. Jon prides himself in creating high quality, handmade artwork at many price points so it is accessible to many.
If you are a fan of Jon’s Statements2000 work, you will love his extremely personal fine art and collection of original gallery paintings which can be found here.
On the web, Statements2000.com your home base for Jon’s classic, best-known art pieces. But did you know Statements2000 is also a real brick and mortar place that serves as our home base here in North Palm Beach, Florida? This is Jon’s primary studio and has been for many, many years. Statements2000 provides Jon the structure, tools, and space to create his impressive range of original artwork and designs. Jon has a fantastic, dedicated team that operates out of Statements2000. Jon takes great pride in providing a creative work environment for people to thrive in. Each Statements2000 team member plays a vital role in daily operations. In addition to a truly skilled group of artist assistants who help make it possible for us to fulfill your orders in a timely fashion, we have a range of administrative support on site as well. This includes a shipping department that handles safe transit of all artwork as well as the required logistics, a marketing team, an in-house customer support person, and a photographer/graphic artist. Are there more cost-effective ways to run this business? Maybe. You’d have to ask all the metal “artists” who order artwork from China and pass the work off as original. That’s not Jon. His reputation took 20 years to earn.
Jon enjoys the journey. He has cultivated a team of people who share in his vision and values. He has employed and mentored many talented people over the years and it is one of the most rewarding aspects of owning a small business. He is proud to be an employer who makes an impact in his local community. It has always been important to Jon to make everything with care here in the United States. Unwilling to ever compromise the level of quality and level of personal support we provide to our collectors, we will continue to grow the Statements2000 team and create premium handmade artwork for you (wherever you may be!) At Statements2000, there are no shortcuts. You’ll find the best materials and small paint batches developed and mixed by hand. Pieces curing in under a watchful eye. Artwork cooling until it is the absolute perfect temperature. You’ll feel the energy of the phone ringing. You’ll hear the whine of the power tools. The unmistakable “thunk” of the metal shear cutting precision sizes. Laughter ringing out in the shipping department. Boxes being carefully labeled. Urgent typing emanating from several computers in the main office. You’ll feel our pride, joy, commitment, and teamwork. You’ll see evidence of the integrity and unwavering commitment to serving well you everywhere you look.
We also have a small gallery where an array of Jon's art is displayed so we can host local Palm Beach County residents. If you are local or are planning on visiting the West Palm Beach area, please contact us to arrange a visit. We’d love to meet you! Since space is limited, if you contact us in advance, we’ll try our best to have the pieces you are most interested in on hand for you to view.