About Liz Allen

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Academic qualifications:  Art Foundation course: Croydon College of Art and Design 1975-76

 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art painting: Bath Academy of Art 1976-79

About my past

After art college, I continued painting large abstracts for a while, but the demands of earning money to live on took over and painting was shelved for almost 14 years. In the last seven years of employment,  I worked at the South Bank Centre in London, organising exhibitions, then at the Hayward Gallery organising the transportation of works of art for their exhibitions.  

In 1994, I moved from London to Brighton, gave in my notice at the Hayward and began painting again.   I found I had to undo all the academic stuff art school had instilled in me to find my personal style of painting.  

During this process, I also trained to become a teacher of adults and ran my own monoprint and collage workshops for over 10 years.

The present: Algarve Artist

In 2005, I moved to the western Algarve, Portugal and since then my current style has emerged - being inspired by variety in the landscape; the mountains and towns; the character of the old buildings as well as the coastal resorts.   

My landscapes start with a cartoon like drawing; a direct and spontaneous response to what I see, and it is this that the painting is built on.   Colour is an important element in my paintings.  I enjoy being bold and uncompromising with colour - even quite extreme at times.   Pattern is also a feature I like to develop and play with.  

The drawing process and gathering information on the subject is crucial.  During this process, the organisation of shapes on the flat surface brings about changes to the image, as the new shapes emerge and develop.  This development directs the painting process from beginning to end.

My paintings tend to have multiple viewpoints to some extent, and I like to include details which would only be visible close up, so they usually contain more information than you could actually see from a given location.  I am interested in the way in which Indian Miniatures deal with perspective, and relate this to some of my work. 

I work mainly in acrylic and sometimes oil, though I find that acrylic allows me to express the smaller details with more clarity.  

Thank you for visiting my website and I hope you enjoy my work.  enter galleries or visit my artist statement

'Culture Trip' review: Liz Allen

For lovely acrylic paint work on canvas, Liz Allen is a fantastic artist to follow. Another UK native who followed the sun to the south of Portugal, Allen now lives and works from Monchique in the center of the Algarve. Her work is vibrant, bold, colourful and unique, and Liz uses a variety of techniques to create each piece, which usually features buildings and homes. Visit her studio while exploring the Algarve, or check out her work on her Facebook page.


Recent exhibitions:

Open Studio exhibitions are held each month

2018, September 14-17, Art at the Marina. Algarve Artists Network, Albufeira Marina, Portugal

2018, June 4-18, Artist Residency and group exhibition of International Artists

Óchálá Casa da Chá, Monchique, ongoing 
12 August - 16 September 2016
Group exhibition Museu do Trajo, São Brás de Alportel, 9 July - 5 September 2016
'Arte no Ar', Algarve Artists Network, Faro Airport, exhibition celebrating 50 years, 2015
Museum of Portimao, Da Serra e de Mar, Algarve Artists Network, until August 31 2014
Óchálá Casa da Chá, Monchique, until September 30 2014
Caldas de Monchique 19-31 May 2014
Óchálá Casa da Cha:  August - October 2013
'Calçada' Lagos Cultural Centre, group exhibition AAN August - October 2013
The Old Casino, Caldas de Monchique, May 2013
Elementos: Museu d'agua, Lisboa (group show, Algarve Artists Network) August - October 2012
Museu de Trajo, São Bràs de Alportel, 12 November - 7 January 2012
 (group show: Algarve Artists Network)
Ochálà Casa da Chà, Monchique, 4  October - 25 November 2011
Gallery studio 21, Loulé, 4 - 27 August 2011
Paços do Concelho, Lagos, group show: Algarve Artists Network, August 2011
H2O: group exhibition, Algarve Artists Network, July 2011
Caldas de Monchique 16 May - 14 June 2011
Ochala Casa de Cha, Monchique, 1 April - 13 May 2011
Paintings by Liz Allen, Caldas de Monchique 16-30 April 2010
Gallery Studio 21, Loule, group show 1-27 February 2010
Armazen Regimental, Lagos, various exhibitions 2009
Arte Viva, Sao Bras de Alportel 12&13 July 2009
Town and Country, Museu de Trajo, Sao Bras de Alportel, August 2009
Off the Wall Galeria, Alte, 2007&8
Arte Viva, Sao Bras de Alportel, July 2006

Photos of some of the places featured in my paintings, as well as my paintings and drawings and other stuff from my life, can be seen on

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2011: painting in Alte