"Fine artist Mark Andrew Allen's sophisticated jabs at consumer culture blend playful sarcasm with vibrant text messages woven into polychromatic backdrops" ~ Quendrith Johnson
MARK ANDREW ALLEN is an internationally represented mid-career artist based in Los Angeles. Allen's work has gained recognition for it's complex layering of mixed media works that create a narrative of modern American culture. His work today is a culmination of many years of painting, thinking and experiencing. He blends urban street art with his background of typography, mixed media collage, and abstract expressionism into each of his pop expressionist works.
The son of fine artist / commercial artist Mark learned a lot very early from his talented father. His think training also includes a bachelor degree in commercial art from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. He continued study at Parson's School of Design in New York City where he had an apartment across the street from Andy Warhol's factory (they met in 1982.) He continued study later at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.
Today Allen is represented in galleries throughout the world including in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Rome, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Boston, Greenwich, Dallas, Atlanta, Charleston, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Aspen, Vail, Fort Lauderdale, Chelsea Canada, and Baja Mexico. Museums he has shown in include Dallas Museum of Art; The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum - Cleveland, OH; Experience Music Project - Seattle, WA; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; and Acadian Museum - Lafayette, LA. The curators of London's Saatchi online gallery have included his work in three juried shows. His work has been exhibited at New York's Rockefeller Center storefront windows twice.
Allen's work has been on many television shows and films; Eight paintings purchased and featured on Disney Channel's Emmy winning hit tv show "Wizards of Waverly Place" starring Selena Gomez. Twelve paintings purchased and featured on "Ant Farm." "Lab Rats" has featured five paintings. Also one of his paintings is going to be in a feature film currently in production. Other television shows include: ABC Channel 7 News, Los Angeles, KUSI News, San Diego, "K.C. Undercover," and "Savages."
He was a major figure in the graphic design community for two decades. Much of his celebrated work is from the entertainment industry doing graphic design work for high profile clients including the 'Yu-Gi-Oh' logo, 'The Wizard of Oz' 60th Anniversary logo, redesigned Coca-Cola bottles, designed 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' logo for Disney and art directed for recording artist Sean 'P Diddy' Combs record label, Bad Boy Records. Promotion work for Pepsi, Diet Coke, Miller Beer, Bud Light, Mattel, Capitol Records, Atlantic Records, Interscope, Geffen, EMI, and RCA. Product development for licensing of "The Simpson's", "Family Guy", "M*A*S*H", "My Name Is Earl", "King Of The Hill", "Lion King", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Mummy", "Casper", "Dumb and Dumber", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", and "Buffy, The Vampire Slayer." Allen served as Vice President of Development for the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) for two years.
Publications include: '150 Pictures from Mark Andrew Allen', 'Artforum', 'Print', 'HOW', 'Extreme Graphics', 'The Renderings of Mark Allen - Landmark Calendars', ''The Source', 'Letter Arts Review', 'Letterwork' (published in London) 'The New Logos of California Volumes 1 and 2, 'Single Image' Volumes 16, 17, 19, 'Show' (published in Tokyo, Japan), 'The Workbook' 92-08, 'Alternative Pick' 93-01, 'American Showcase' 98-99, and 'Wow' (published in Seoul, Korea).
His art is in private and corporate collections including with Delta Airlines (at Delta Sky Club in Honolulu Airport) Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, Hanna-Barbera and Warner Brothers.