• Philippa Allen

    Philippa Allen
    • Artist Statement
      • What calls me to my studio is the desire to create pictures that capture a moment charged with feeling, so that the viewer can experience the essence of that moment. I hope that in turn this experience awakens something else in the viewer.

        It is not my intention to create images that are picture-perfect; rather, it is my intention to encourage the viewer to identify memories and emotions through association with the scenes depicted, and thereby evoke a sense of nostalgia that may transport them to another time or another space. In this way, the landscape moves beyond capturing a specific place and becomes a means to access memories, emotions and the unconscious.

        The materiality of charcoal enables me to explore my relationship to the images I depict. Charcoal creates stark contrast and tonal values, that make for moody landscapes that express a bit more than the picture/image of the scene. The silhouetting of images frames and gives depth to the vistas that happen behind the dark charcoal shapes. Colour is pure against the charcoal, making for fresh sometimes delicate scenes.
    • Biography
      • B.A Fine Arts (University Of Stellenbosch)

        Selected Exhibitions:

        2013 – February, Around a Mountain,- Solo exhibition, The Barnard Gallery
        2010 – March, Group exhibition, The Cedar Tree Gallery at Rodwell House, St James
        2010 – March, Here and There - group exhibition, Carol-Lee Fine Art, Bamboo Lounge, Johannesburg
        2009 – September, Spring Salon – group exhibition, These Four Walls gallery.
        2009 – September, Enigma – group exhibition, Carol- Lee Fine Art, Bamboo Lounge, Johannesburg
        2008 - September : 4x4x4 – group exhibition,  These Four Walls gallery.
        2008 – April : Latest Work – solo exhibition, These Four Walls gallery.
        2007 – May : Opening of  These Four Walls, group exhibition.
        2006 – October : BIARA -  group exhibition, Alison’s, Wynberg
        2005 – November : Phases – Solo exhibition, private venue.

    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        I enjoy artists who work in traditional mediums but relay contemporary ideas or views such as Sanell Aggenbach, Deborah Poynton and Ian Grose.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?

        Walter Battiss, his work is full of personality and fun. He was not scared to take risks with his work.

        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

        An exhibition of Monet’s Water lilies at the National Gallery in London. The works were so much bigger than I had seen in pictures and the images were much more magical in real life.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?

        From everyday scenes,

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?

        I always have a camera close by or in my handbag, I even take pictures while I am driving

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        My time is my own.

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?

        I scribble

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        Hearing that my work made someone’s hair on their arm stand on end..

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

        I would love to, at the moment I am concentrating on splitting myself between my studio, my husband and my children.

        What are your plans for the coming year?

        To find my next avenue, which will lead me to another exhibition?