Tim Allen

1965 | Blue Mountains

Tim Allen’s bold and gestural paintings are a homage to the beauty and terror of nature. His process begins within the wilderness, in the grand tradition of en plein air painting.

Laden with art supplies, Allen treks through bush and over mountaintops to reach his desired locations. In these remote places, he works with a necessitated urgency, rendering fleeting conditions of weather and movement. These dramatic and soulful paintings are further resolved at Allen’s studio in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Allen has a BA (Visual Arts) and an MFA (Research) from COFA (UNSW) and his painting career spans more than 20 years. He has been awarded several prestigious Australian art prizes such as the $25,000 Paddington Art Prize in 2017 and the Kedumba Drawing Award in 2016. In addition to this, Tim has been a finalist on more than 25 occasions in leading art awards such as the Adelaide Perry Prize for Drawing (2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2010), Paddington Art Prize (2017, 2015, 2014, 2012, 2006), NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize (2014, 2013), Wynne Prize AGNSW (2007), Dobell Prize AGNSW (2012, 2009, 2006) and the Kedumba Drawing Award (2016, 2013, 2009, 1999).

In 2014 and 2015 Tim participated in artist residencies in China and Hong Kong, funded by the Nock Art Foundation.


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born 1965, lives Blue Mountains, NSW


1996-7       Awarded MFA College of Fine Arts, UNSW,

1988          Graduate Diploma (Visual Art) City
Art Institute, Sydney

1985-7       BA (Visual Art) City Art Institute, Sydney

1984          Studied Meadowbank TAFE, Sydney


Supreme Court of Victoria; Allens Arthur Robinson; Artbank; Paddington Art Prize Collection; Kedumba Collection of Contemporary Australian Drawings;
Bundanon Trust Collection; PLC Sydney Collection; Hawkesbury Regional Gallery; TAFE NSW, Western Sydney Institute; Seoul Fine Arts Centre, Korea; Chandler Coventry collection.