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b. 1967, United Kingdom

Phillip Allen Biography

In many of the paintings made by Phillip Allen over the last decade, a vivid and ebullient graphic clarity contends with more convulsive painterly features. His paintings have often presented brightly coloured, interconnecting volumes or repeating, distending patterns within more mutedly toned, wide-open zones. Bordering these spaces at the upper and lower limits of the canvas, Allen's trick has been to lay down richly abundant lines of curling impasto paint: glorious blooms and bursts of multifarious colour that thickly combine to frame and deepen the visual drama at the centre of the picture. But what we see is never quite clear, never entirely 'contained'. The graphic elements often offer hinting suggestions of buildings or other tall structures—they sometimes resemble wonky or wildly implausible monuments–but the precarious, piled-up shapes also at times allude to letters or numbers, as if a kind of coded communication were being proposed. Invariably, Allen shows us something being assembled–there is recurrent piecing-together of basic elements–but the results depart thrillingly from rational organisation, towards a more dream-like, open-ended and associative way of imagining a world.

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Lately, his paintings have expanded in scale, and they have begun to present still more hazy and ambiguous arrangements. As ever, there is a concentration on accumulations of fundamental forms–often, now, the geometric shapes that provide the historical basis of painterly composition-but the surfaces are now a storm of agitated scribbles and incessant drips. Each 'composition' in these powerful works is in a state of decomposition. If as one title (from 2012) suggests, 'Delusions provide solutions' Allen's recent works also showing him taking on the painterly challenge of scrupulous 'dissolution'. Phillip Allen graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1992.

Recent solo exhibitions include: DEEPDRIPPINGS, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, (2017); Milton Keynes Gallery, UK, (2006) and Phillip Allen: Recent Paintings, MoMA PS1, New York, USA, (2003). Recent group exhibitions include: CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain, (2012); Made in Britain: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection 1980-2010, Heritage Museum, Hong Kong, SAR, (2011); Salon of the Vernacular, Nottingham City Gallery, Nottingham, UK, (2011); Kaleidoscopic Revolver, The Total Museum, Seoul, South Korea, (2009); Classified: Contemporary British Art from the Tate Collection, Tate Britain, London, (2009) and the British Art Show, Frieze, London, (2006).

Allen's work is represented in the collections of The Arts Council England, UK; British Council, UK and Tate Museum, UK.

Text courtesy Kerlin Gallery.

Phillip Allen Featured Artworks

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DeepDrippings (Revenge of the Surface
Version 2) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (Revenge of the Surface Version 2), 2020Oil on board
106.7 x 81.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (LoveJovian Hiss Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (LoveJovian Hiss Version), 2020Oil on board
64.8 x 53.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Lovejouvian Version
Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (Lovejouvian Version Version), 2020Oil on board
64.8 x 53.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Midnight Austin Laze
Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (Midnight Austin Laze Version), 2020Oil on board
64.8 x 53.3 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Studio Hiss Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (Studio Hiss Version), 2020Oil on board
52.1 x 47.6 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (International Hiss
Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (International Hiss Version), 2019Oil on board
52.1 x 47.6 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
DeepDrippings (Upper Maze Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepDrippings (Upper Maze Version), 2020Oil on board
52.1 x 47.6 cm
Miles McEnery Gallery Enquire
Deepdrippings (Distinguished Guest Version) by Phillip Allen contemporary artwork
Phillip AllenDeepdrippings (Distinguished Guest Version), 2018Oil on board
152 x 122 cm
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Phillip Allen Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Phillip Allen, Phillip Allen at Miles McEnery Gallery, 520 West 21st Street, New York
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21 May–11 July 2020 Phillip Allen Miles McEnery Gallery520 West 21st Street, New York

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