The Moment of Discovery
Remember when teacher told us, "Reading is fundamental"? Artist and photo illustrator, Thomas Allen, went a step further; jumping right off the page. I discovered his work sifting through my collection of Art Forum. Gravitating toward the sexy popup styled dioramas on the page; I took to the internet to dig up what I could about our friend Thomas Allen.
Here's what I found.
Thomas Allen has been moving the art world for over a decade and somehow I've never heard of him. He earned his BFA from Wayne State University (Detroit) and an MFA from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). Represented by Foley Gallery in New York, you can find his permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts—Houston, The Milwaukee Art Museum, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Target Corporation, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, the Progressive Corporation and Twitter.
His resume also bolsters editorial illustrations for over 50 different publications world-wide including The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, OUT, Le Monde, National Geographic and The Wall Street Journal. In 2007, he won a SPOTS Gold Award from The Society of Publication Designers and was nominated for an American Illustration Award in 2014—both for his work in Harper's Bazaar.
Now that you're familiar with the artist, become well acquainted with his work.
Images are from Thomas's "Beautiful Evidence" Collection. Other pieces such as "Nosedive" and "Buster" are private commissions. You can view his most recent collection,"Paint by Numbers", at the Foley Gallery in NYC.
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