Born in Tennessee in 1965 Allen grew up living all over the United States in his early formative years. While traveling with his parents for work, his only constant companions were comics, paper, pencil and his unlimited imagination. Books and movies drove his creativity further and soon he realized whole worlds were open to him on the empty pages of a sketchbook. Allen began his professional career while he was still in fine art school and finally decided to step full time into art as a career in 1992.
Since the start of his professional career his client list has grown from game companies to book publishers and beyond. He began working with CCG companies in the early 90’s as he continued to polish his skills in figurative representation within his personal work. As his collectors and client list grew so did his style and skill throughout the years. His main focus now includes concept work for films and television while he continues to work on writing and personal artwork.
Some noted clients are Tor Books, Paramount Pictures, Guillermo Del Toro, Lionsgate Films, Legendary Pictures, Wizards of the Coast and Hasbro and is a member of the Society of Illustrators and Society of Illustrators, West. Allen has won honors with the Art Renewal Center, the Chesley Awards and Spectrum Fantastic Art. He works show in galleries and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe.
Allen’s influences range from the classical figurative work of John William Waterhouse and Norman Rockwell to the highly imaginative art of Zdzisław Beksiński and HR Giger.
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