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Kerlin Gallery is delighted to present Deepdrippings, an exhibition of new paintings by Phillip Allen

Since graduating from art college in London in the early 1990s, Phillip Allen has pursued a path in painting that has taken him from illusionistic, semi-figurative landscapes, to arriving over the past decade at total abstraction. Consistent throughout the evolution of Allen's practice has been his fascination with the sculptural qualities of paint. This has never been more evident than in his new series, Deepdrippings, where the artist has intensively worked and re-worked the paintings, in some cases for several years, to create a deeply layered surface abundant with impasto paint.

While previous work has seen Allen play with pictorial tradition, using framing devices to challenge the viewer's perception of space and depth, these new paintings privilege surface over illusion. Shapes and forms buzz and hover as if in mid-air; jostling for our attention, rather than receding into the distance. Deepdrippings is an exploration of density, with tar-like globules almost fizzing on the surface of the paintings. This is intensified in Allen’s highly condensed smaller paintings, which in their minute brilliance recall neutron stars – the smallest but most densely packed celestial objects in existence, of which a teaspoon-sized amount would weigh about 10 million tonnes.

The new work presented in Deepdrippings marks a significant development in Allen’s practice, but as pointed out by the art critic John Yau (Hyperallergic), ‘For all the radical changes that Allen has made … his long preoccupation with paint as matter has become increasingly evident.’ 

Phillip Allen graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1992. Recent solo exhibitions include Dolph Projects (2016); The Approach, London (2014, 2011 & 2008); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2013, 2009 & 2005); Xavier Hufkens, Brussels (2007, 2005); Milton Keynes Gallery, UK (2006); and MoMA PS1, New York (2003).  International group shows include CCA Andratx, Mallorca (2012); Hong Kong Heritage Museum, Hong Kong SAR (2011); Fabio Tiboni arte Contemporanea, Bologna, Italy; The City Gallery, Leicester, UK (2009); Tate Britain, London (2009) and the British Art Show 6.
 

Selected Works

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Deepdrippings (International Version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (International Version), 2017
oil on board
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in   

 

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Chin Music (Soft Octopus Version)

Phillip Allen
Chin Music (Soft Octopus Version), 2016
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in  

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Deepdrippings (earfood version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (Earfood Version), 2017
oil on board
64 x 54 cm / 25.2 x 21.3 in

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Sluglimo (Art of the stomach)

Phillip Allen
Sluglimo (Art of the Stomach Version), 2016
oil on board
30 x 26 cm / 11.8 x 10.2 in

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Bombay Soutin

Phillip Allen
Bombay Soutin, 2016
oil on board
26 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 in   

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Deepdrippings (we can’t make coffee like the continentals version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (we can’t make coffee like the continentals version), 2016
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in  

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Deepdrippings (Solar Quiet Version)

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

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Ghetto anglaise

Phillip Allen
Ghetto Anglaise, 2016
oil on board
61 x 55 cm / 24 x 21.7 in   

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Austin Midnite

Phillip Allen
Austin Midnite, 2016
oil on board
26 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 in 

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Deepdrippings (ghetto anglaise version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (Ghetto Anglaise Version), 2016
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in  

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Theoplienge

Phillip Allen
Theoplienge, 2016
oil on board
26 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 in    

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Deepdrippings (International Version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (International Version), 2017
oil on board
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in   

 

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Chin Music (Soft Octopus Version)

Phillip Allen
Chin Music (Soft Octopus Version), 2016
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in  

Deepdrippings (earfood version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (Earfood Version), 2017
oil on board
64 x 54 cm / 25.2 x 21.3 in

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Sluglimo (Art of the stomach)

Phillip Allen
Sluglimo (Art of the Stomach Version), 2016
oil on board
30 x 26 cm / 11.8 x 10.2 in

Bombay Soutin

Phillip Allen
Bombay Soutin, 2016
oil on board
26 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 in   

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Deepdrippings (we can’t make coffee like the continentals version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (we can’t make coffee like the continentals version), 2016
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in  

Deepdrippings (Solar Quiet Version)

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

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Ghetto anglaise

Phillip Allen
Ghetto Anglaise, 2016
oil on board
61 x 55 cm / 24 x 21.7 in   

Austin Midnite

Phillip Allen
Austin Midnite, 2016
oil on board
26 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 in 

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Deepdrippings (ghetto anglaise version)

Phillip Allen
Deepdrippings (Ghetto Anglaise Version), 2016
oil on board
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in  

Theoplienge

Phillip Allen
Theoplienge, 2016
oil on board
26 x 30 cm / 10.2 x 11.8 in    

Installation Views

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Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017

Phillip Allen, Deepdrippings, Kerlin Gallery, 11 February – 25 March 2017