TOR ALLEN

Location: United Kingdom

BIOGRAPHY

I am an illustrator/painter who was brought up in the South Hams and have loved drawing and making things from an early age.

I studied graphic design in Bath and post graduate studies at PCA, Plymouth.

I have been working as an illustrator in South Devon since 2011.

I often have diverse projects on the go and really enjoy the challenge of creating a wide range of artwork. I work both digitally and traditionally. My art college days were pre-computer so I have relished the challenge of teaching myself to use art and design software.

I also pursue a more personal journey through painting. I find it hugely challenging and really enjoyable……..in equal measure! I work in a small studio in my garden which is a tranquil space with great views.

Nature is a huge driver for me in my personal life and my work.

Artists I love; the list is endless but here are a few………. David Hockney, Eric Ravilious, Georgia O’keefe, Edward Bawden, Edward Ardizzone, Mary Fedden, Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Annie O’Brien Gonzales, Brian Wildsmith, Nicholas Hely-Hutchinson etc. etc.

Something I am striving for in my painting is a sense of atmosphere, a touch of magic if I can……..something beyond what I can see.

I have a long way to go and I will always be learning and I hope, progressing.

1985 – 1986 Plymouth College of Art Foundation Course
1986 – 1989 Bath College of Art, Sion Hill – B.A. (Hons) Graphic Design
1988 Foreign exchange – Luzern University of Applied Sciences & Arts, Switzerland
1992 – 1995 Attended life drawing classes while working in Paris
2010 Plymouth College of Art, PGCE Entrepreneurship for Creative Practice
2011 Plymouth College of Art, 2 Illustration modules
2001 – 2005 Exhibiting member of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists
Exhibited at RGI Glasgow & Lillie Gallery Milngavie
2001 – 2004 Exhibiting member of Helensburgh Art Club
2011 – Joined ‘SHAF’ art group in the South Hams
2012 – 2017 Exhibited in Annual SHAF Arts Trail for 6 consecutive years
2018 – Exhibited at the RWA Open, Bristol