James is the current Chair of the Belfast Print Workshop and has been a member since 1977.

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.

Works in the Archive


Width: 25.00
Height: 30.00
Cost: £115.00
Edition: 2/20
Medium: Aquatint

Sea breaker with wave

Sea breaker with wave
Width: 44.50
Height: 35.00
Edition: 9/50
Quantity: 1
Medium: Etching

Northern Sea

Width: 63.50
Height: 48.20
Edition: A/P
Medium: Screenprint


Width: 58.00
Height: 50.00
Edition: 29/30
Medium: Screenprint

Auk Studio

Width: 18.00
Height: 21.50
Edition: A/P
Quantity: 1
Medium: Etching, Aquatint

Narrow water castle warrenpoint

Width: 61.00
Height: 43.50
Edition: A/P, 38/50
Quantity: 1
Medium: Screenprint

Charles Street South Belfast

Width: 60.50
Height: 45.00
Edition: 13/40
Quantity: 1
Medium: Screenprint

Sea with Wave

Width: 45.50
Height: 36.00
Edition: 32/45
Medium: Screenprint

View of Belfast (With lovers)

Width: 64.00
Height: 38.50
Edition: A/P
Medium: Etching

Annalong Harbour

Width: 56.00
Height: 41.00
Edition: A/P, 3/5, 16/40
Quantity: 1
Medium: Screenprint