Filthy and Faded pays homage to Allen's creative roots, his love of pin-ups along with his commitment to experimentation with texture, shape and colour. The multilayered textural abstract backgrounds are inspired by his fascination with the weathered and torn posters which ornate the walls of most urban landscapes.
The show includes bodies of work on canvas ranging from small to larger than life. Some works echo Ben's love for superheroes, with original pages applied to the works from his personal collection of Avengers comics.
The name Filthy and Faded was inspired by its creative process. Allen went to great lengths to collect billboard paper to give his work fitting textures. Ben will also be releasing a show print that uniquely mixes colourful giclee and screen-print with hand embellished second-hand billboards
Ben's unusual, experimental style pays ode to the past and the future alike. He continues to keep the art community on their feet and wanting more by breaking convention.
About the artist:
"Free-spirited, UK based artist Ben Allen is most well-known for his controversial Pop paintings. Using a 'collage' style of unlikely juxtapositions, the dynamic paintings are complex mash-ups of popular culture that critiques the day-to-day dull and mundane, challenge the media's view on sexuality and inspire a sense of freedom.
With designs gracing the walls of big names like Jade Jagger, Stephen Dorff, Sophie Ellis Bexter and Richard Branson...
The exhibition will begin with a PV at 6pm on the 21st of April 2016.
If you'd like to be a part of the evening please RSVP.
Please send names to:
Gallery: Westbank, 3-5 Thorpe Close W10 5XL.
Tel: 0208 99607080
Name of exhibition: "FILTHY & FADED"
Artist: Ben Allen.
Dates: Open to the public from Friday 22nd April 2016 until Sunday 1st May 2016 10am-6pm daily.
Category: Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.