Guy Allen is a printmaker, exceptional draftsman and highly talented young British artist. With his experimental approach to printmaking, Guy presents an exciting mix of colour, gold-leaf and an original, contemporary take on the traditional art of etchings.
Studying at Central St Martins from 2008 – 2011 Guy discovered the printing press on a trip to the École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Finding an art form that lent itself so perfectly to his artistic aspirations was a revelation. He has never looked back.
On graduating Guy immediately went to work as an apprentice for the Curwen Studios in Cambridgeshire before moving up to London where he settled into the Artichoke Print Studios in Brixton.
Guy’s inspiration and drive to create is fuelled ever further by his love of the printing press. With distinctive style, striking ability and total commitment Guy has mastered his printing-making techniques. Constantly exploring the infinite possibilities and opportunities the medium offers, he breathes new life into traditional techniques and subject matter.
Radiating a sense of balance and calm, it is this combination between the traditional and the contemporary, the static and the fluid, the considered and the coincidental that creates such harmony in Guy’s work. It is through both his ability as an artist and skill as an printmaker that he achieves this so beautifully.
Growing up in Norfolk, the countryside and his love of animals have had a lasting impact on Guy’s work. His animal subjects are drawn directly from the Norfolk countryside and are all native species to the land he has known since childhood. Having always looked to his Norfolk roots to gather his thoughts and inspiration, Guy recently returned home to set up his studio back on the north Norfolk coast where he is now based full-time.
Over the last 10 years Guy has been accepted by the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and shown internationally in London, Dubai and New York. His work is housed in private collections throughout the UK, as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong and he has been featured in House & Garden and Country Life.
Guy also has a great philanthropic interest and supports many arts charities each year including Art For Youth, EACH, Keeping A Breast, Art For Cure and Well Child.