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ARTISTS | Tim Allen


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.



GOLD CHIP | one-night-only exhibition

Gallerysmith closes the 2023 curtain on December 12 with the annual exhibition, GOLD CHIP. At this one-night-only event, the gallery presents…

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Riverbend | Tim Allen

"‘Riverbend’ is initially a specific location but then becomes a launching point to create an imagined and remembered sense of place. This is an immersive landscape, one to experience temporally, to move through at leisure. The landscape exists as a vehicle for reflection in both senses of the word...
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Gallerysmith launches its 2023 exhibition program with a group exhibition which celebrates 15 years of gallery operations. This exhibition features works by more than 50 artists who have shown at the gallery between 2008 and 2023....
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Interzone | Tim Allen

In his second solo exhibition at Gallerysmith (his 20th career exhibition), Tim Allen presents a series of works derived from his recent Queensland residency courtesy of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
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Tim Allen, Bluster (Bogong High Plains) 112x112cm

Navigate | Tim Allen

Tim Allen is a painter in the landscape tradition who works from a studio in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales. His painting career spans more than 20 years and he has been awarded several prestigious awards such as the Paddington Art Prize in 2017. Navigate is his first solo exhibition at Gallerysmith.
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born 1965, lives Blue Mountains, NSW

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

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.


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