Richard Allen in the '60s and '70s
Tuesday 19 April 2011
This exhibition charts the early career of the artistic pioneer, Richard Allen.
Allen responded very positively to the unconventional teachings methods of Clifford Ellis, Principal of the Bath Academy, and his wife Rosemary, as well as luminaries from the London art world such as Gillian Ayres and Robyn Denny throughout his artistic interpretation.He developed his abstract style under the influence of Howard Hodgkin and Martin FroyHe left Bath to study the historic mosaics at Ravenna. However, in Italy, he took greater inspiration from the commercial mosaic studios of Milan and its building-site hoardings covered in posters. Returning to London, he started teaching part-time alongside Bridget Riley and Allen Jones.After experimenting with Pop Art and Op Art, Allen's interest in abstraction led him naturally to joining the Matrix Group whose focus was on systemic and geometric ways of working. Allen gained an international reputation with solo exhibitions in Europe, Japan and the USA. He lived in Jersey for 14 years before dying from Motor Neurone Disease in 1999.