Allan Chow was born and initially raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later moving to Texas as a teenager. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a degree in Painting & Illustration, and currently works as a designer/illustrator for the Kansas City Star; in fact many of his paintings have been reproduced for cover stories in the Star.
Allan participates in local and international competitions, and has attained merits from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, New York and the Society of Korea Illusart. Recent projects include a calendar for the Kansas City Star depicting major events from the Battle of Westport, and the poster for the 2005 Coda Jazz Fund benefit concert.
Allan's work is in several corporate and civic collections, such as H&R Block, the Overland Park Convention Center, the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, and Russell Stover Candies. Private collectors vary from the Kansas City region, to Seattle, to Santa Barbara and Hong Kong. Allan has also executed commissions—both landscape and figure—for a wide variety of private collectors.
Some of Allan's paintings are rendered by brush, others by palette knife, normally with the application of a thick impasto. Some works are interpretive, others more abstracted, but most are inspired by the landscape of the Kansas/Missouri region, and others by the landscape of Malaysia. Given his awards and commissions thus far, Leopold is confident that this artist's future is indeed quite promising.