Tom Allen (b. 1975, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA) received his BFA from University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1998 and his MFA  from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena in 2001. Allen has exhibited internationally at Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Richard Telles Fine Art, Bel Ami, China Art Objects Galleries, Acme, Los Angeles; Arena Gallery, Santa Monica; Andrea Rosen Gallery, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA; Lulu, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico; Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne and Berlin, Germany; Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, United Kingdom; High Art, Paris, France; Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden. Tom Allen currently lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.

 

Exhibitions
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Born in 1975, Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Education

2001
MFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA

1998
BFA, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

Selected Solo Shows

2017
The Lovers, Bel Ami, Los Angeles, USA
Solo Presentation, Lulu, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico

2010
Summerlands, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2008
The Red in the Sky is Ours, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
Galerie Michael Janssen, Berlin, Germany

2006
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2005
Galerie Michael Janssen, Cologne, Germany

2003
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2002
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

Select Group Exhibitions

2017
Symbolisms, curated by Chris Sharp, Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada
Witch-Ikon, curated by Daniel A. Schulke, Mortlake & Company, Seattle, USA
Objective Painting, curated by James Hayward, Telluride Fine Arts, Telluride, USA
Therianthropy, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Ruins In the Snow, High Art, Paris, France

2016
A Change of Heart, curated by Chris Sharp, Hannah Hoffman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Outside, curated by Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, MiM Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

2014
LA Wood Show, curated by China Adams, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, USA

2013
CLAVIS – Journal of Occult Arts, Letters and Experience Issue 2 Launch Event, Meliksetian | Briggs, Los Angeles, USA

2012
Landscape & Architecture, Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, USA

2009
Round Up, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
1999, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA

2008
Emerson vs. Nietzsche, China Art Objects Galleries at Cottage Home, Los Angeles, USA
Against the Grain, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, curated by Christopher Russell

2007
Group Show, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA

2006
L.A. Trash & Treasure, Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden
666, curated by Jan Tumlir, Roski Fine Arts Building, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA

2005
Alle-Gory, Mandarin, Los Angeles, curated by Laurence A. Rickels
Plip, Plip, Plippity, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, USA
The Great Outdoors, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Follow Me: A Fantasy, Arena Gallery, Santa Monica, curated by Malik Gaines

2004
Now Is a Good Time, curated by Dean Valentine, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA

2003
Works for Giovanni, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, USA

2002
crisp, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, USA
21 Paintings from LA, Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum, California State University, San Bernardino, USA
Morbid Curiosity, curated by Jan Tumlir, I-20 Gallery, New York, USA
Emergent Behavior, curated by John O’Brian, At the Brewery Project, Los Angeles, USA
The Frustrated Landscape, curated by Tyler Stallings, Chapman University, Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, USA
What a Painting Can Do, Hayworth, Los Angeles, USA

2001
Morbid Curiosity, curated by Jan Tumlir, Acme, Los Angeles, USA

Awards and Grants

2016
Faculty Project Grant, Art Center College of Design

Public Collections

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA

The Sweeney Gallery, University of California, Riverside, USA

Bibliography

2016
Tarasoff, Sabrina, “Sabrina Tarasoff Talks With Tom Allen,” Octopusnotes, No. 6

2012
Krasinski, Jennifer, “An Overpowering Brilliance Equal to the Greatest Darkness: On the Paintings of Tom Allen,” unpublished

2011
Satorius, Katherine, review of “Summerlands”, ArtUS, no. 31

2010
Ollman, Leah, review of “Summerlands”, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, November 11

2008
Cheh, Carol, “Against the Grain,” THE Magazine, September , p. 63
Lehrer-Graiwer, Sarah, “Against the Grain,” Artforum.com, July

2007
Knight, Christopher, “45 Painters Under 45,” Los Angeles Times, Sunday, December 2, p. F11
Kummel-Schnur, Albert, “Academic Communication as Witchcraft: Spiritualism vs. Modern Rationality in the Case of Zollner,” ArtUS, no.17, March-April, p. 34-39

2006
Anonymous, “Tom Allen,” Frame, Issue 18/19, Summer 2006, p. 80, text in German
Moreno, Gean, “Six Degrees, The New Zombie: Tupac-n-Biggie in Clichy-sous-Bois,” ArtUS, no. 12, March–April, p. 28 – 30

2003
Tumlir, Jan, review, Artforum, November, p. 195
Wood, Eve, review, ArtUS, no. 1, January–February, p. 4

2002
Schoenkopf, Rebecca, “Apocalypse Now” (review of “The Frustrated Landscape”), Orange County Weekly, October 4
Walsh, Daniella, “The Frustrated Landscape” (review), Orange County Register, September 15, Show Section, p. 21
Rickels, Laurence A., “Billboard: Tom Allen, Becoming Ruin,” Artext Fall, pp. 28-29
Tumlir, Jan, “Morbid Curiosity: The Art School Curriculum and Modernism Unbound,” Artext, Fall, pp. 64-76
Johnson, Ken, “Art in Review,” (Weekend), The New York Times, Friday, April 19
Ollman, Leah, review, “Landscape Imagery Reduced to Kitsch,” Los Angeles Times, Friday, March 28, p. F28
Richard, Frances: “crisp” (review), Artforum.com, January 10

Articles, Essays, Interviews and Publications

2017
“Orchid and Nepenthe: On the Polarity of Fascination,” Witch-Ikon: Witchcraft in Art and Artifact, Three Hands Press

2016
Interview with Brainard Carey, Yale University Radio WYBCX

2013
Art Director, CLAVIS: Journal of Occult Art, Letters and Experience Present
“Occult Aesthesis:  Towards an Esoteric Theory of the Art Object,” CLAVIS – Journal of the Art Magical, Issue 1, pp. 92-93

2010
“Mantong and Protong: Richard Sharpe Shaver and Stanislav Szukalski,” X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, vol. 12 no. 4, pp. 38-43

2007
“How Can It Be Wrong If It’s From My Soul?” USC Roski School of Fine Arts BFA/BA Catalogue, insert, pp. I-VI
“The Soothsayer’s Recompense,” X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, vol. 9 no. 4, pp. 34-37
“WYWH,” X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, vol. 9 no. 3, pp. 61-63
“Questionnaire,” Leisure: An Art Journal, issue #0

2005
“Necrospective,” ArtUS, no. 7, March-April, pp. 38-39

2004
“Bridging the Contemporary Past,” ArtUS, no. 4, September-October, pp. 18-19

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