Wallis Allen

My work is concerned with modernising Greenberg’s theory of Formalism and Medium Specificity whilst also deliberating with the haunting modernist question of is painting dead? Ultimately, I think no, the medium of paint still has a lot to give to art and my work is an exploration of using the medium in a new way. I combine layers of wax and acrylic and sometimes PVA glue to create works which pull the eye of the viewer, manipulate a depth perception and maintain attention through mystery and intrigue.


I stay true to Greenberg in that my use of acrylic stays on a 2D plane but updates the theory by creating depth through the layering of transparent wax and technical use of colour. This juxtaposition of ideas and endless opportunity within the work keeps me fascinated with art and inspired to keep making.