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Simon Allen’s dynamically carved wood, gilded and pigmented wall sculptures draw on an awareness of diverse aspects from the natural world.
The carving stage is physical and expressive. The rhythmically rippling surfaces, swooping undulations and swirling peaks and troughs represent the trace elements of a physical carving process that has its own bodily rhythm; the rhythm and inherent trace of the artist. By contrast, the painstaking application of gesso and ‘bole’ — the gilder’s ground formed from clay and pigment — and the gentle brushing on and burnishing of precious leaf call on a more contemplative state of mind.
It is the tension between these two modes of awareness that gives the finished works their singular meditative presence. Works combine an almost kinetic sculptural energy with luxurious surface textures that respond sensitively to ambient colour and light.
Born in Bristol in 1969, Simon Allen gained a Fine Art degree at Falmouth College of Art. Based in Cornwall, he is an elected member of the Newlyn Society of Artists and has had numerous solo exhibitions in the UK and USA including at The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Messums on Cork Street, and at Galerie Pelar in New York.
Allen’s sculptures have had much success worldwide and are in a number of public and private art collections including The World Gold Council in London, Washington and New York, The Ritz - Carlton Hotel in Hong Kong, The British Embassy in Madrid, The Connaught and Corinthia Hotels in London, as well as banks such as Coutts & Co and RBA, and investment companies such as Schroders and BC Partners.