b. 1967, United Kingdom

Phillip Allen Biography

Described by art critic John Yau as "one of the great painters of his generation", Phillip Allen explores the possibilities of painting with a dogged commitment. A relentless experimenter, he has refused to settle into any one mode or style, instead choosing to continually push the boundaries of his chosen medium. This chameleonic approach has seen him pivot from geometric semi-figurative landscapes to soft, disintegrated abstraction, to highly sculptural and textured impasto paintings on board. Consistent throughout this varied output has been Allen's ingenuity as a colourist, his radical rethinking of pictorial space and depth, and his devotion to the materiality of paint – its plasticity, texture and sculptural properties. But although Allen's practice is rooted in these very physical, formalist concerns, the resulting paintings can feel ethereal, cosmic, sublime – as if liberated from the very materiality Allen set out to explore. Often featuring fluid, spiralling or coalescing forms, they feel associative, hallucinatory, playful, with titles that display an irreverent sense of humour and curiosity.

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Phillip Allen's work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, London; the British Art Show; CCA Andratx, Mallorca; the Heritage Museum, Hong Kong; The Total Museum, Seoul; and in a solo presentation at MoMA PS1, New York. In recent years, he has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Kerlin Gallery (2017) and Dolph Projects, London (2016), and been included in group exhibitions at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2019) and The Drawing Room, London (2017). His work can be found in the collection of the Tate, London; Arts Council of England; British Council and the UK Government Art Collection.

Text courtesy Kerlin Gallery.

Phillip Allen Featured Artworks

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Light loads 'Light loads version ' by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Phillip Allen Light loads  'Light loads version ', 2020 Oil on polystyrene balls affixed to honeycomb board
180 x 151 cm
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DeepDrippings (Revenge of the SurfaceVersion 2) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting
Phillip Allen DeepDrippings (Revenge of the Surface Version 2), 2020 Oil on board
106.7 x 81.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (LoveJovian Hiss Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting
Phillip Allen DeepDrippings (LoveJovian Hiss Version), 2020 Oil on board
64.8 x 53.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Lovejouvian VersionVersion) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting
Phillip Allen DeepDrippings (Lovejouvian Version Version), 2020 Oil on board
64.8 x 53.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Midnight Austin LazeVersion) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting
Phillip Allen DeepDrippings (Midnight Austin Laze Version), 2020 Oil on board
64.8 x 53.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Studio Hiss Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting
Phillip Allen DeepDrippings (Studio Hiss Version), 2020 Oil on board
52.1 x 47.6 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (International HissVersion) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork painting
Phillip Allen DeepDrippings (International Hiss Version), 2019 Oil on board
52.1 x 47.6 cm
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