Blue Splash with pink circles, 2002
oil on board
In his paintings, Phillip Allen (b. London, 1967), converges abstraction with traditional landscape painting. Allen reinvigorates pictorial conventions to explore the relationship between material and surface. His three-dimensional textured surfaces are built upon, torqued, and twisted.
Allen's paintings are primarily structured in three horizontal sections or bands. Upper and lower bands of tactile impasto explore the sculptural nature of raw oil paint and create a "rough terrain", establishing a physical barrier between the viewer and the painting. These textured bands bracket an atmospheric middle section, in which rays of light emanate from a single vanishing point. Each subsequent layer functions independently of this vanishing point. Derived from process-driven felt tip drawings, Allen's signature motifs - Art Deco-inspired pinwheels of light, comic-like speech bubbles, and rainbow arches - combine the geometry of semi-architectural forms with the flatness of the picture plane.
11 September - 26 October 2003
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12 - 6 pm
Xavier Hufkens Gallery
Sint-Jorisstraat 6-8 Rue Saint-Georges
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