Mary Macken Allen (b. 1993) received her BA in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Arts in 2015 and is currently studying on the Turps Studio Programme 2021-22. Her paintings frequently provide moments of intimacy, as Macken Allen is drawn to the ways in which our relationships with others and the environments we inhabit can blur the boundaries that delineate the self. Creating semi-domestic settings that are quasi familiar, yet simultaneously strange, Macken Allen applies thin washes and translucent layers of oil paint.
Solo exhibitions include a solo show entitled ‘Strange Dwellings’ at Thames Side Studios in 2019 and ‘Lost Ground’ at Husk Coffee in 2016.
Group exhibitions include an upcoming show at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, featuring Mary Macken Allen alongside Rune Christensen, Ralf Kokke, Alvin Ong and Heidi Ukkonen. Other group shows include ‘The A5 Show’ at Koppel Project Gallery and ‘The Top 100’ at Downstairs Brixton. Macken Allen was shortlisted for the Clyde and Co Aware in 2015.