Born in Sheffield, he trained at UWIC in Cardiff 1992-1995. Soon after leaving UWIC, he and some fellow students established 'Fireworks Studio', a communal space for recently qualified artists, particuarly ceramists. Allen continues to work at 'Fireworks' and now teaches at the University of Glamorgan. His work is figurative, the pieces range in scale and often involve an aspect of self portraiture with an element of black humour or self-mocking.
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