Tim in his studio in 2018
Timothy Joseph Allen is an American figurative painter who has been living and working in Rome, Italy for over twenty years. He began his career in 1992, earning a BA in Studio Art at DePauw University and an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. He has been teaching at The American University of Rome since 2006 and has managed his own painting school, the Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome, since 2010.
Allen’s medium is oil on canvas and his style and subject matter are principally inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque. Of special importance to his process is painting from life:
“I enjoy painting most when the presence of the subject and the passage of time combine to add urgency to my analysis, intuition and performance.”
His most recent paintings are portraits that manifest a heightened concern with likeness and the creation of flesh tones that are both diaphanous and luminous.
In recent years his work has been pre-selected and/or selected in several international competitions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition in Barcelona, the World Wide Kitsch online painting competition, and the BP National Gallery Portrait Competition in London.
“My ultimate goal is to make broomsticks dance–to suggest a reality that is convincing enough to captivate, to make something of this world that is relevant enough to remain.”