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Born UK 1966, Jonathan Allen lives and works in London. He graduated from MA Fine Art at Chelsea School of Art, London (1989), and PhD Fine Art, Kingston School of Art (2017).
Allen’s artistic practice encompasses works on paper, photography, videos, performance and writing. His alter ego, Tommy Angel, is a fictitious evangelist and magician through whom Allen explores themes such as religious faith, secular magic, parody, and provocative entertainment, examining the religious and political unconscious of our time.
Selected exhibitions include Placement does not explain, but cultivates a September garden / We Are Publication, Camden Art Centre, London (2020); The Collector’s Room, JGM Gallery, London (2020); 1d for Abroad, Tintype, London (2019); Casting for the Voice of Strength, Stanley Picker Gallery, London (2016); Twenty-First-Century Silks, Ryan Lee Gallery, New York (2016); Kalanag, David Risley Gallery, London (2008); VIII Bienal de Jafre, Jafre (2017); Artefact: The Act of Magic, STUK, Leuven (2017); Drawing Biennial 2017, Drawing Room, London (2017); Explode Every Day, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2016-17); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); Adventureland Golf, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol (2013); Outrageous Fortune, Focal Point Gallery (2011); Magic Show, Grundy Art Gallery, Hull (2010); The Great Transformation – Art & Tactical Magic, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2008); The Director’s Apartment, British School at Rome, Rome (2008); Tommy Angel performance for Keep the Faith, Tate Britain, London (2006); and Variety, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea (2005).
Allen is an associate curator at the Magic Circle Museum, London and has authored a book on the English artist and mystic Austin Osman Spare, entitled Lost Envoy (2016).
Last updated: 28.04.2021