“Allen seems compulsively drawn to transitional moments in the days (and nights) of both individuals and the environment. The paintings and drawings that result are successful visual interpretations of temporal interstices of daily existence. Allen’s way of looking at the world may be curious, but it nevertheless offers insight into how often the mundane narratives of life are constructed, moment by moment, incident by incident. It is for this reason, perhaps, that I am captivated by Allen’s representations of seemingly banal views and subjects like the fallen tree… Allen renders moments where the atmosphere (both physical and psychological) is rife with impending action.” -Molly Hutton Gettysburg Review Essay 2007
Allen draws inspiration from all aspects of his life, from the landscape to the intimacies of home. His works offer the opportunity to ponder the importance or implications of the relationships within the commonplace. They are recognized for their atmospheric depiction of the landscape as well as evoking a sense of fluctuating time.
Michael Allen was born November 11, 1972 in Lancaster, PA. He earned his MFA from the University of Delaware in 2004 and his BFA from the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Michael’s paintings and drawings have been the subject of eight solo exhibitions including, Landscapes, at the Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA. His work has been included in a variety of museum and gallery invitational exhibitions including Visions of the Susquehanna: 250 Years of Paintings from American Masters, Art of the Gettysburg Review: Representation in Contemporary American Painting, and Transforming the Commonplace: Masters of Contemporary Realism. His unique observations have been featured in Poets and Artists, The Gettysburg Review, Art&Antiques Magazine, Art Calendar, New American Paintings, and International Artist Magazine.
His work has been acquired by The Lancaster Museum of Art, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, The Visions of the Susquehanna Collection at the Zimmerman Center for Heritage, Lebanon Valley College, Elizabethtown College, University of Delaware, Kutztown University, as well as many private collections across the United States.
He is represented by Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, DE and Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA. He works and resides in Palmyra, PA with his wife, Jessica Allen, and their son, Benjamin.