Tim Allen Manchester/ UK , b. 1950


Since the 1970s, Tim Allen has been producing an exciting body of work in which colour and movement ‘aspires to the condition of the physical’. Allen’s paintings are made with traditional graining brushes, various other tools and custom built painterly devices that produce a parallel strokes and mesmerising effects.


His works on canvas are captivating, they bathe the eyes in pleasurable sensations and the multiple raking striations which cross the surfaces of the canvases have direction, drive, propulsion and energy. Allen’s process is a perpetual event of remaking and revisiting, dancing from the past to the present, and these paintings present more than the sum of their parts and they generate a broad response in whoever’s looking at them, emotionally and intellectually. 


Tim Allen was born in 1950 in Manchester and brought up in Durham City. He studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1968-72) and Goldsmiths College, London (1978-80). Since 1968 he has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe and USA. His recent exhibitions include From the Ferry, Dahl Gallery, Luzern Switzerland, Dual Purpose at Turps Gallery London, Strukturen/Structures 2014 and Multilayer 2021 both curated by Ivo Ringe, featuring British, German and American painters at the Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest, Germany and British Abstract Painting in the Eighties, curated by Matthew Macauley, Lancaster Gallery, Coventry in 2020. His works are in many public and private collections.