Born: Amagansett, N.Y. 1956.
Allegra Spaulding was born into a family that lived and breathed art. At that time, the Hamptons were the home to such creative geniuses as Jackson Pollack and Willem de Kooning, both of whom were family friends and neighbors. Her father was the renowned photographer, Ernst Beadle, who was also an avid antique collector. Her parents were the original pioneers in purchasing old barns and transforming them into fabulous, antique filled homes that incorporated the original barn wood. English style gardens were planted with flowers, fruit trees, and wisteria. The effect was magical and her childhood was a tapestry of beautiful and exotic images.
Her parents were strong advocates of world travel as an important element of one’s education, so at the age of 16 she was sent to study Art and Language in Florence, Italy. She stayed with a local, Italian family and enrolled in the Dante Aligheiri School. For a year she spent her days wandering around the Uffici and the Pitti Palace, absorbing the genius of the Great Masters. The walk across Florence each school day led her past the Duomo by Brunelleschi and across the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Equipped with canvas and paints, she spent hour after hour attempting to replicate the techniques of the great Renaissance Masters.
When she returned to the States, she went on to study at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. After her studies, she took a job as an illustrator in the fashion industry. Within a few months this led to a job as the designer at a top knitwear firm. This introduced her to the beauty of fabrics and was a catalyst for her passion for textile design.
Over the years Allegra Spaulding has traveled to many foreign lands, an enriching experience reflected in her work. She has traveled by night train with her sister Gamine through communist, prewar Yugoslavia. She learned to speak French during the summer she spent with her sister Arletty in Nice, France. She studied the Masai culture and climbed Kilimanjaro during a month long school trip to Kenya and Tanzania. During a week long drive through the vineyards of the Burgundy region of France she developed a lifelong passion for excellent food and wine. The stories and travels are many and all explain her passion for the exotic and the unusual.
In recent years, Allegra has been successful in other fields of creativity. After four years with her own successful accessory company, she went on to become a stage set designer for two years and then decided to explore mural painting. These experiences were pivotal in giving her the confidence to paint on such a vast scale.
All of these life experiences culminate in the recent series of oil paintings that explore the history of human adornment. The series combines her love for exotic images and sumptuous textile design. It also incorporates her ability to paint oversized canvases, as well as her enduring fascination with crystals. This series is a culmination of her remarkable life experiences and unusual blend of talents.
Allegra Spaulding currently lives and works in Boca Raton, Fl.