At the heart of Tim Allen’s painting practice is a paradox; an expressive, bold, immediate and spontaneous mark-making that is contained within an overall approach that has structure, discipline and a sense of stillness and contemplation. His inspiration is a personal experience of place – often the wilderness landscape.
Allen paints in the studio with the same spontaneity and intensity that the pressure of time and environment place on his plein air works. He then adds the element of multiple sessions and layers for each painting as well as the contemplative space of thinking and looking between each session. This way the studio paintings have both spontaneity and expressionism as well as thoughtfulness and precision. Initial marks may describe mood, emotion, contour and direction. The image grows as the work develops, becoming more recognisable as a landscape as the painting is finished.
Tim Allen has won the Paddington Art Prize and has also been selected multiple times for many of Australia’s leading art prizes including; the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing, the Dobell Prize AGNSW, the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, the NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize, the Wynne Prize AGNSW, the Tattersall’s Landscape Prize, the Muswellbrook Art Prize, the King’s School Art Prize and the Kedumba Drawing Award. Tim has exhibited his work in 24 solo shows including, Immersion, at the Orange Regional Art Gallery. His work is held in numerous collections including the Supreme Court of Victoria, Allens Arthur Robinson, The Bundanon Trust Collection.