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SELECTED WORKS BY Steven Allan

Peeley Wally
Steven Allan
Peeley Wally

2012

Oil on canvas

130 x 90 cm
Steven Allan’s works are paintings that act like prints. His brushstrokes seem not so much applied as gouged, their scratched and apparently subtractive strokes redolent of the physicality of the woodblock printer rather than the delicacy of the painter. It’s perhaps the starkness of the printed image that particularly appeals to Allan: his works seem lit by flashes of lightning, the shadows graphic and hard. Their allusions to the printed picture calls to mind a history of book illustration that seems relevant to Allan’s curious iconography of characters. His banana men, leaping, scuttling or dancing in wild abandon, seem distant cousins of Tenniel’s proto-surrealist images for ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
Stains Of A Decade
Steven Allan
Stains Of A Decade

2012

Oil on canvas

190 x 130 cm
One Off The Bunch
Steven Allan
One Off The Bunch

2012

Oil on canvas

190 x 130 cm
In One Off The Bunch, a banana man seems frozen in a spotlight, ostensibly caught stealing a banana from a large bowl of fruit in the foreground; in Peeley Wally, his two banana arms wiggle, his mouth wrinkling in anxiety. Allan’s characters may be proxies for the artist himself; like Philip Guston’s Ku Klux Klan self-portraits, an acknowledged influence on the artist, this is the artist as a sad clown in a floppy hat. Even when the banana characters dance – in We’re All In This Together, a rueful allusion to contemporary politics – they’re spindly, weakened, cheered on by a stopwatch that gleefully awaits their demise.
We're All In This Together
Steven Allan
We're All In This Together

2012

Oil on canvas

190 x 250 cm
And in Stains of a Decade – whose gloomy atmosphere and deep recession makes it a kind of semi-comic version of Durer’s Melencholia I – the artist seems adrift on a lonely coracle, with an irresistible punchline: a spoon poking out of his brain, like a grapefruit.


Text by Ben Street






Other artists in
Artists in future exhibitions

Dawit Abebe    Caroline Achaintre    Rebecca Ackroyd    Mequitta Ahuja    Markus Amm    Marie Angeletti    Helene Appel    Ivan Argote    Dan Attoe    Diann Bauer    Michael Bauer    Dan Bayles    Whitney Bedford    Simon Bedwell    Anna Freeman Bentley    Emilia Bergmark    Eduardo Berliner    Katherine Bernhardt    Gabriele Beveridge    Richard Billingham    Alina and Jeff Bliumis    Jean-François Boclé    Shannon Bool    Armand Boua    Gabriella Boyd    Matti Braun    Bozidar Brazda    Jonny Briggs    Clayton Brothers    Joey Bryniarska    Agnieszka Brzezanska    Jelena Bulajic    Alida Cervantes    Loz Chalk    Ronin Cho    James Clarkson    Lucy Coggle    Andy Collins    Inez de Coo    Jessica Craig-Martin    Justin Craun    Alexandre da Cunha    Ana Cvorovic    Dexter Dalwood    Ian Davis    Nicholas Dedics    Tomory Dodge    Robert Dowling    Stef Driesen    Howard Dyke    Ara Dymond    Judith Eisler    Annabel Emson    Carlos Noronha Feio    Dee Ferris    Aaron Fowler    Michael Fullerton    Dmitri Galitzine    Julia Goldman    Noémie Goudal    Joanne Greenbaum    Elias Hansen    Hilary Harnischfeger    Chris Hawtin    Kati Heck    David Herbert    Patrick Hill    Mira Hnatyshyn    Dan Holdsworth    Phillipa Horan    Shara Hughes    Elliot Hundley    Tom Hunter    Jessica Jackson Hutchins    Diego Mendoza Imbachi    Merlin James    Tillman Kaiser    Alice Könitz    Ian Kiaer    Terence Koh    John Korner    Ulrich Lamsfuss    Liane Lang    Molly Larkey    Paul Lee    Andrea Lehmann    Juliette Losq    Christina Mackie    Miltos Manetas    Jill Mason    Jorge Mayet    Claire McArdle    Ella McCartney    Lucy McKenzie    Martin McMurray    Ryan McNamara    Robert Melee    Aleksandra Mir    Ian Monroe    Kristine Moran    Eduard Moreno    Yasumasa Morimura    Luisa Mota    Nick Nowicki    Matt O'dell    Alejandro Ospina    Marco Palmieri    Selma Parlour    Oliver Perkins    Marius Pfannenstiel    Alejandra Prieto    Arthur Prior    Laure Prouvost    Max Prus    Neil Raitt    Sean Raspet    Brian Reed    Scott Reeder    Halsey Rodman    Florian Roithmayr    Ruth Root    Stefan Sandner    Hideyuki Sawayanagi    Amba Sayal-Bennett    Anne Kathrin Schuhmann    Michael Schultz    Dallas Seitz    Macrae Semans    Conrad Shawcross    Jamie Shovlin    Allison Smith    Agathe Snow    Anne Speier    Jeni Spota    Martina Steckholzer    Ruby Sky Stiler    Jack Strange    Miriam Sweeney    Shaan Syed    Emma Talbot    Mateo Tannatt    Stephanie Taylor    Adam Thompson    Philipp Timischl    Rafal Topolewski    Maximilian Toth    Ryan Trecartin    Caroline Walker    Ben Washington    Chuck Webster    Garth Weiser    Aaron Wexler    Poppy Whatmore    Julia Whiting    Jenny Wiener    Paula Wilson    Susanne M. Winterling    Saskia Olde Wolbers    Joel Wyllie     Yeesookyung    Haeri Yoo

Steven Allan's BIOGRAPHY

Steven Allan
Born in 1984, Aberdeen, Scotland
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
Young Gods pt 1, 2012 London Graduates at The Griffin Gallery, London
Selected for the Catlin Prize - Catlin Art Prize 2013, 
Londonewcastle Project Space, 
London, 2nd - 26th May

2012
RSA-Ridley Scott Associates-Artist in residence
Royal College Of Art MA Show, Battersea, London

2011
There Are Two in the Room - Twelve around one gallery, Shoreditch, London

2010
Slade School Of Fine Art degree show , Gower Street, London

2007
In the Academy, Group Show, The Academy, Union Street, London

2006
Interim show, Slade School of Fine Art, Woburn Studios, London

2005
Foundation show, Central St Martins, Farringdon - London