'NEON SEDUCTION'

New original works for Scope Miami 2017 with Modus Gallery

SCOPE MIAMI 2017

'MONSTER MICKEY'

New colour way collaboration exclusive with Print Club London

BUY

'NEON HALO'

Acrylic, spray paint, collage and sand on canvas from the new collection 'MEDITATIONS' at Circle Contemporary Gallery

CIRCLE CONTEMPORARY

'TRANSCENDING LIGHT'

Spray paint and acrylic on canvas in aluminium frame.

'TRANSCENDING LIGHT'

Spray paint and acrylic on canvas in aluminium frame.

'MEDITATION 2'

Screen print and 24crt gold leaf on archival paper.

'MEDITATIONS'

Spray paint, masking tape and resin on wood panel.

Meditations REVIEW | 15 June - 29 July 2017

This is the summer of hope over austerity. This is also the summer of colour. 

Walking into the cool aesthetically tasteful gallery which seamlessly blends fine art and fine craft, I am dazzled by a show of lucent colour in a white room under a blue sky. 

Stylistically experimental and pulsating with life, Ben Allen’s new abstract paintings, at first sight, seem to be born from sixties America - Painters like Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. The more I look, and paintings need time to reveal themselves, I see Allen is appropriating the language of Modernism for a new audience. All this is good as a young artist needs afflatus. (a rush of unexpected breath; Cicero) For example, in ‘Transcending light ’ there is a nod to the paintings of Bridget Riley, although, unlike Riley he isn't subverting order, he is simply engineering the graphic possibilities of colour and its effect on our emotions.

Allen is labeled a contemporary ‘Pop’ artist. He started out as a graffiti artist influenced by Andy Warhol and street culture. This show has the tang of ‘now’ - Ben Allen knows his place. And yes, his paintings are in the Pop genre because they chime of consumer consumption, but equally they show colour in its most transcendental form - ringing with movement and light. 

We see the spray painted body colour on expensive cars, and hipster surfboards, stencilled and glossy - freedom to ride on road and wave - easy riding - paintings of simulated joy.

 

Vera Marra on painting, for Circle Contemporary Gallery June 2017

MURALS AND COMMISSIONED WORK

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N.M.E. MAGAZINE

30ft main wall in the legendary NME magazine offices in collaboration with Estrella Galicia.

COMMISSIONED WORK

Generate Studios - LONDON. UK

POOLSIDE

Mawgan Porth Beach House - CORNWALL. UK

SUGAR SKULL

Truro City Centre - CORNWALL. UK

VENUE

53 Degrees North - LEEDS/ UK

VENUE

53 Degrees North - LEEDS/ UK

bohemia

Lower Barns Boutique - CORNWALL. UK

ABOUT

Ben Allen is a contemporary artist, known for his distinctive Pop paintings. Using complex collage techniques, his pieces create a dynamic mash-up of popular culture, which work to critique the banal and the mundane, challenge mainstream media values and inspire a sense of freedom.

Allens works are self confessed meditations. His techniques capture an emotion rather than a reality; a demonstration of art as a perfect vehicle for the general artistic quest to convey sentiment and arrest motion.