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Mary Allen
Registered: 13/05/2011   Last Update: 11/06/2014

As a small child, I would always sit down with a pencil and a piece of paper to characterise the world around me.

...While growing up I travelled the world drawing upon different countries and cultures gaining an abundance of influences, the most profound of these would be from the Asian continents. For example, Japanese Art with its classic style, depicting unique fine lined detail, portraying a sense of simplicity, quirkiness and dramatics.

I Graduated from Monash University in Melbourne Australia as a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design, whilst here I found the works of Keith Haring, Alphonse Mucha as well as the satirical comic strips of Charles Schultz, subject matter that also helped to develop my unique style.

In 2002 I was a lecturer at Brockenhurst College teaching Art and Design and Design Technology, during the 4 years I experienced such a challenge that has always been of great influence in my work today. The students I taught were a great inspiration to me and collectively understanding life’s changes in society and different cultures has and will always be in part of my work.

Becoming a designer taught me a lot about the world of design and illustration. This has been of great influence to me not only in terms of design but also in my fine art practice, using characterised images, simplified shapes, structures and fine line detail.

I have worked with a variety of corporate clients including Mercedes, Azuli records, and other fine established companies stretching including industries like music, clothing and various commission art works.

In 2007 I performed at a live sketchbook show by ‘ THE NUWAVE ARTIST COLLABORATION’ that was held in Southampton, this also led me to perform at live shows including the club ‘Cargo’ in London.

In my most recent years, I started to focus purely on my technique, the use of fine lines, attention to detail, flat and layered colours, shapes and different mediums have brought what I do today.

My most recent motivation for all of this is my family and my mother whom battled terminal cancer and unfortunately died 2 years ago; the outlet I used was my art. Now I am producing pieces that draw you into a world that masks not only what I see, but also what you see within yourself.

Recently I have been exhibiting around areas in Brighton; Blow up in Lewes and Brighton 2010. Claremont Hotel 2011 and the Brighton Open House May 2011.

My future lies in continuing my passion, and continuing to follow my dream!