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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.

 

Phillip Allen lives and works in London.

 

Selected Works

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PA01620

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings "hiking through inner space version", 2020
oil on board
82 x 110 cm / 32.3 x 43.3 in   

 

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PA01720

Phillip Allen 
Light loads, 'Light loads version', 2020
oil on polystyrene balls affixed to honeycomb board 
151 x 180 x 6.5 cm / 59.4 x 70.9 x 2.6 in 

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PA01320

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings "Over-dosing on symbolism version", 2020
oil on board
54 x 63 cm / 21.3 x 24.8 in   

 

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AP-ALLEP-00576

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings (Distinguished guest studio version), 2018
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in   

 

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AP-ALLEP-00534

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings (Curry Nighthawk Version), 2016
oil on board
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in   

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AP-ALLEP-00570

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings (Distinguished Guest Version), 2018
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in   

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AP-ALLEP-00503

Phillip Allen 
Tonic for Choice (Biennale Version), 2014
oil on board
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in   

 

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AP-ALLEP-00558

Phillip Allen 
Ghetto Anglaise, 2016
oil on board
62 x 52 cm / 24.4 x 20.5 in   

 

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AP-ALLEP-0471

Phillip Allen 
Delusions provide solutions (Tower), 2012
oil on canvas
244 x 190 cm / 96.1 x 74.8 in   

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AP-ALLEP-00349

Phillip Allen 
Infinity Muddles Will Be My Pull, 2009
oil on board
61 x 55 cm / 24 x 21.7 in   

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AP-ALLEP-0469

Phillip Allen 
Blue Stain (One night only version), 2013
oil on canvas
285 x 225 cm / 112.2 x 88.6 in   

 

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AP-ALLEP-0505

Phillip Allen 
Tifosi, 2005
oil on board
46 x 56 cm / 18.1 x 22 in   

 

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PA01620

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings "hiking through inner space version", 2020
oil on board
82 x 110 cm / 32.3 x 43.3 in   

 

PA01720

Phillip Allen 
Light loads, 'Light loads version', 2020
oil on polystyrene balls affixed to honeycomb board 
151 x 180 x 6.5 cm / 59.4 x 70.9 x 2.6 in 

PA01320

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings "Over-dosing on symbolism version", 2020
oil on board
54 x 63 cm / 21.3 x 24.8 in   

 

AP-ALLEP-00576

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings (Distinguished guest studio version), 2018
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in   

 

AP-ALLEP-00534

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings (Curry Nighthawk Version), 2016
oil on board
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in   

AP-ALLEP-00570

Phillip Allen 
Deepdrippings (Distinguished Guest Version), 2018
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in   

AP-ALLEP-00503

Phillip Allen 
Tonic for Choice (Biennale Version), 2014
oil on board
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in   

 

AP-ALLEP-00558

Phillip Allen 
Ghetto Anglaise, 2016
oil on board
62 x 52 cm / 24.4 x 20.5 in   

 

AP-ALLEP-0471

Phillip Allen 
Delusions provide solutions (Tower), 2012
oil on canvas
244 x 190 cm / 96.1 x 74.8 in   

AP-ALLEP-00349

Phillip Allen 
Infinity Muddles Will Be My Pull, 2009
oil on board
61 x 55 cm / 24 x 21.7 in   

AP-ALLEP-0469

Phillip Allen 
Blue Stain (One night only version), 2013
oil on canvas
285 x 225 cm / 112.2 x 88.6 in   

 

AP-ALLEP-0505

Phillip Allen 
Tifosi, 2005
oil on board
46 x 56 cm / 18.1 x 22 in   

 

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.

Exhibitions

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2016 DOLPH Projects, London

2003 PS1

2016 DOLPH Projects, London

2003 PS1