Thomas Allen

b. 1989


Thomas Allen (b.1989) creates meticulously rendered dreamscapes, which evoke an experience of hypnagogia (that transitional period between wakefulness and sleep) and situate his work at the threshold between abstraction and figuration. The entrancing rhythm of his repetitive mark-making, like a tally, traces the passage of time – time that is conspicuously layered into his works.

Living and working in the UK, Allen’s practice is predominantly studio-based, though it has also involved site-specific projects comprising installation, performance and audience participation. The conceptual thinking behind Allen’s artwork is informed by sociological theory (in which he has a degree) and underpinned by research into fields as diverse as renaissance foraging practices and contemporary supermarket food packaging.

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2023 Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, UK

2023 Forgetmenots, The Split Gallery, London, UK

2023 Exposure, COYA City, City of London, UK

2022 [RE]Configured, Mall Galleries, London Ostara – Purslane Gallery, online

2021 Figurative Art Now, Mall Galleries/Federation of British Artists, online

2016 BIJOU , Candida Stevens Fine Art Gallery, Chichester, UK

2015 Contemporary Cave Painting, Fitzrovia – Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK

2014 Contemporary Cave Painting, Brighton – Fabrica Gallery, Brighton, UK

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