Although each of the three artists explores the traditions of drawing and painting in three highly individual and very distinctive approaches, it can be said that they share an interest in articulating the imaginary. The three bodies of work display an undeniable ability with and love of the chosen medium and its possibilities for illusion, complexity, intricacy, and humour.
Phillip Allen left the Royal College of Art in 1992. The same year he exhibited at the Black Bull Gallery and participated in 'Into the Nineties' at the Mall Galleries, London. Solo shows include The Approach Gallery, London in 2002. Group shows include 'Post Flat - New Art from London', Lock's Gallery, Philadelphia, 2003, 'Another Shitty Day in Paradise', Bart Wells Institute, London, The Royal Academy, London, 2002, and 'Cardboard Box and Tape', Norwich Gallery, 1997.
Diana Cooper graduated from Hunter College in New York in 1997. In the last few years her works have been shown extensively in Europe and the US. Most recent exhibitions include shows at Hales Gallery and Richard Salmon Gallery in London, and Galerie Evelyne Canus in Paris. In the United States Cooper exhibited at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and Sculpture Center in New York, Institute of Contemporary Art in Palm Beach, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, VCU University Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, Tang Museum at Skidmore College, New York, Rice University Art Gallery in Houston and numerous other institutions.
Paul McDevitt completed his M.A. at Chelsea College of Art in 2000, after which he was awarded the Saatchi Fellowship. Selected exhibitions include 'YesteryearNowadays', Hales Gallery, London, 2002; 'Air Guitar: Art Reconsidering Rock Music', Milton Keynes Gallery, 2002; 'Neverland', Cell Project Space, London, 2002; 'Reverberator', curated by Michael Archer, Houldsworth, London, 2002; 'Lovely', curated by Andreas Oehlert, Kohlenhof, Nuremberg, 2002; 'Adapt NOW', Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow, 2002; 'Please Use The Space Provided For Additional Information', Andrew Mummery Gallery, London, 2001;'Showcase: Part I', London Institute Gallery - Millbank, London, 2001; and Saatchi Gallery Bursaries 1999-2001 - 30 Underwood Street, London, 2001. His work has been shown in the Jerwood Drawing Prize.