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  • Thomas Allen was born in Michigan in 1963. He lives and works there today. He is represented in New York and Washington and is held in collections and exhibitions nationally. Allen is a well known photographer who creates quirky artworks appropriate cut-outs from vintage pulp art advertisements. He carefully titles each photograph to create cheeky double entendres. Allen uses a technique of blurring certain figures with the purpose to draw focus to others instructs and entertains the viewer visually and mentally. Inspired by a View-Master and pop-up books as a child, Thomas Allen became interested in recreating these three-dimensional experiences by using mid century books and pulp fiction paperbacks as still life subjects. Allen gently cuts around the shape of his figures, physically releasing them from their two dimensional surface, and then places them in a new display of meaningful interactions. His characters are brought to life from their pages and covers by detailed lighting and selective focus, ultimately telling a distinct narrative with their newly defined settings. He explores the human experience by exploring sexuality, desire, childhood and scientific norms. In his earlier work from Uncovered and New Releases, Allen portrayed unrequited love, dramatic sexuality, violence and dynamic scenes of movement. In Beautiful Evidence, Allen plays with the findings of science, the complexity of the universe, identifying with the wonder and innocence of childhood. With an offbeat and cinematic way of storytelling, Allen continues to create photography that is animated, contemplative and intriguing.
  • available works on artbco

    Bookend

    USD 2,500 / USD 75

    Breathtaking

    USD 2,500 / USD 75

    Fancy

    USD 2,500 / USD 75

    Chemistry

    USD 2,500 / USD 75

    Polecats

    USD 2,500 / USD 75

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