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Description - Drawings by Phillip Allen

This new Other Criteria publication focuses entirely on drawings made by the London-based painter Philip Allen. With accurate reproductions colour marker and pen drawings on cream paper simply presented without any accompanying text, this book provides an excellent visual insight into Allen's unique method of pictorial construction and inventiveness as a draughtsman. Looking at Allen's drawings in this book is similar to seeing them in his studio, arranged one after another across a wall, some with similar characteristics to that of school exercise book doodles and cartoons, others making, referencing and developing the imagery found in his paintings. The 'whirls and twirls' at the bottom and top of the drawings may be an instinctive or idiosyncratic part of Allen's mark- making, but they also refer to the clumps and gatherings of paint that sit heavily at the top and bottom of his paintings, working both to contain the motif in the 'middle' of the picture and to raise aesthetic dialogue. Allen's drawings are therefore notes on his paintings as well as things that explore the diversity and range of the 'office stationery' he uses, which gives them a vibrant appeal and a very contemporary quality. This exquisite book shows that Allen's drawings are very accomplished, with a simplicity that hides a complexity unique to the practice of drawing and, as such, makes this publication a welcome and innovative contribution to the canon of books on painters.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781904212171
ISBN-10: 1904212174
Format: Hardback
(295mm x 210mm x 23mm)
Pages: 164
Imprint: Other Criteria
Publisher: Other Criteria
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Phillip Allen

Phillip Allen was born in London in 1967, and continues to live and work in the city. He graduated from the Kingston University, London in 1990 and then from the Royal College of Art in 1992. Allen has exhibited in group shows in the USA, France, Italy, Belgium, Greece and Poland. These include, 'Archipeinture', Le Plateau (FNAC), Paris in conjunction with Camden Arts Centre, London 2006; 'the British Art Show' at BALTIC, London 2005-06; 'Stay Positive' at Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, 2004; '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. Solo exhibitions of Phillip Allen's painting have been shown at the Milton Keynes Gallery, UK, 2006, The Approach Gallery, London in 2004 and 2002, Xavier Hufkens Gallery, Brussels, 2003, and the PS1 Contemporary Arts Centre, New York, 2003. Forthcoming exhibitions include Echo Chamber, a British Council curated show exhibiting at Alcala 31, Madrid, a solo show at Xavier Hufkins, Brussels and The Approach, London.

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