"My main preoccupation is the landscape - often the wilderness landscape - presented both as an en plein air subject and as studio work.
I see the distinction as important as well as trying to break down the barrier between the two. Plein air work is just as resolved and 'finished' as the studio work; studio work has just as much energy and spontaneity as the plein air work. They feed off each other - each can only exist successfully with the other.
I take elements central to drawing into my paintings and painterly elements into my drawing. Mark making is always to the fore, but not in isolation - the marks are always concerned with finding form, contour, allowing the viewer to move through the landscape and also responding to movement, energy, the anxiety of capturing the fleeting moment.
I intend an exuberant expressionism to interact with stillness and contemplation; this is the contradiction at the heart of my approach to painting".
Born in 1966, Allen completed a BA (Fine Arts) at City Art Institute in 1987 and an MFA (Research) at COFA (UNSW) in 1997.
He has been a selected finalist over 20 times in many of Australia’s leading art prizes including; Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015), Paddington Art Prize (2006, 2012, 2014, 2105), NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize (2013, 2014), Wynne Prize AGNSW (2007), Dobell Prize AGNSW (2006, 2009, 2012) and Kedumba Drawing Award (1999, 2009, 2013).
Tim has been exhibiting for over 20 years and has had 17 solo commercial gallery exhibitions. He is represented by Defiance Gallery in Sydney and Nock Art Gallery, Hong Kong.
In 2014 his work was featured in Artist Profile magazine. In 2015 he has been working on a series of residencies in Hong Kong and China leading to an exhibition in Hong Kong in November 2015.
Represented By: Defiance Gallery, Sydney
Nock Art Gallery, Hong Kong
Forthcoming Exhibition:May 2016, Defiance Gallery