Ben Allen biography in Biographies from the artzine on artrepublic.com
A self-taught award winning artist, Ben Allen has wowed the world with his eye for creativity and composition. An exotic cocktail of graffiti, street, graphic and pop art, Ben is a truly diverse talent.
Surfer, skater, artist, UK born and bred Ben Allen works in a multitude of media and materials. Influences include comic book art, surfing, skateboard culture, Japanese graphics, the Mexican "Dia de la Muerte", typography, nature and the human condition. He’s inspired by record covers, tattoos, the punk scene and seventies culture, as well as other artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons and Shepard Fairey.
Ben Allen is a self taught artist. At the age of seventeen he escaped the UK and headed to Indonesia, spending the following years travelling to many different countries taking photos and gaining a sense of himself. After returning from Mexico he stumbled across a tiny local gallery in his home town of Brighton and shortly after got his own studio and started selling his first work. It took another five years of hard graft as a labourer and working nights in bars until he could finally transfer over and just paint. Now he is an internationally acclaimed artist who's works are highly relatable and accessible for collectors.
He exhibits his mixed media paintings in venues and galleries internationally as well as selling to celebrities such as Richard Branson, Stephen Dorff and Jade Jagger.
Bens work is in private collections throughout the UK, in Australia, New York, Barcelona, Japan, Ibiza and has featured in Design Week, The Observer, The Times, Elle Déco, Plus1, FRANKIE and GQ magazines amongst others. Clients include Levis, Virgin, Channel 5, Nokia, DJ Erick Morrillo and Subliminal Records.
He currently has permanent work on display in Selfridges, London, with shows to follow in New York, The Hamptons, Singapore, Miami, LA and a solo show in London. Recently his work has been printed on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch covers.
Image credits: www.benallenart.com
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