James Allen was born in Lurgan, County Armagh. He studied at Belfast College of Art from 1961 – 1965 and at Brighton College of Art from 1965 – 1967. Teaching positions at Goldsmiths School of Art, London (1967 – 1970) and Ravensbourne College of Art, London (1973 – 76) followed. Although principally a printmaker, he is also an accomplished painter. Collections include the Arts Council of Great Britain, Armagh County Museum, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, An Chomhairle Ealaion – Dublin, Lloyds Bank, Northern Bank, National Self-Portrait Collection – Limerick University, Office of Public Works – Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster Television and the Ulster Museum. Allen was elected Associate Academician of the RUA in 1980 and elevated to Academician in 1983.
James is the current Chair of the Belfast Print Workshop and has been a member since 1977.
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