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Louise Allen . . . . . life drawing and printmaking.

I am a Yorkshire based artist mainly working in print, my inspiration is ‘drawn from life’ with my prints developed from figurative life-drawings and observations of natural forms. I am passionate about both life drawing and print making, and my work is experimental, exploring different ways to bring the two together. I look for the abstract patterns and a sense of movement within my drawings to develop textural collagraph prints.

Three main themes in my work are waves, figures and my local environment, the work can be seen on the link pages 'wave after wave' 'drawn from life' and 'round and about'.

Collagraph is an intaglio printing process using card based relief printing plates made with found and recycled materials such as paper, textiles, grit, creating the plates involves drawing with tones and textures.

I am a print member at the Art House, Wakefield.

I do life drawing regularly with Westgate Studios, Wakefield and Top Draw, Barnsley.

I have recently completed an MA in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University.

  • Since 2019 I have taken part in print exchanges with Green Door (USA) , IPE Derby, 20:20 Manchester and The Makers Studio, Australia.

  • Three small acrylic paintings were sold in aid of Nottinghamshire wildlife Trust's charity.

  • In 2020 I had a mini exhibition of my prints at 'Books on the Lane' Walton

  • My life drawing print 'Two boys and the spaces between' was selected for Wakefield  Art Walk 31st March 2021 and subsequently displayed on the City's art trail.

  •  My 'North Yorkshire Coast' collagraph print was selected by Network  Rail for their 'Wish I was there'  post-lockdown traveling exhibition and displayed at mainline stations in August 2021  My print 'Dunstansburgh castle' was also  included in the exhibition and now has a permanent home at York Railway Museum.

  • My print  'Ursus Maritimus/Polar bear blues' was selected for Explorers agains Extinction's annual 'Sketch for Survival' charity auction. It was in the top 100 artworks submitted and displayed at the OXO Tower in London before being auctioned in November 2021. This print was also shortlisted for a prize.

  • I had a SOLO exhibition as part of Wakefield's Art-Walk (open studios) on 30th March 2022, My prints were be on display and for sale at 'the big room' Westgate Studios.                                                

  • I was commissioned to create a print on behalf of Leeds Arts University for 'The anonymous heART' charity auction, it was auctioned on behalf of Heart research UK in November 2022.

  • I exhibited my figurative work at Leeds Arts University post-graduate show in September 2022.

  • My mini prints of Sandal Castle are on display in the  Sandal Castle Cafe.

  • I took part in the 20:20  studios print exchange for 2022  with The Art House Wakefield.


My print (bottom right) displayed with the other 20:20 prints from The Art House printmakers.


  • I exhibited a curated selection of prints at The Big Room, Westgate Studios for  25th January's Artwalk, the focus of the exhibits was 'Blueprints'.

  • I have opened a small shop within the Artists Commune in Wakefield, this initiative is using a vacant Laura Ashley store to display artist's work and hold art music and wellbeing activities, it is well worth a visit.

  • I have been exploring collage by taking courses with a number of established collage artists and am now exploring ways of incorporating this with my printmaking.

  • My collagraph monoprint Running Man/ the Pass will be included in a printmaker's group exhibition at The Art House in April.


Collage explorations.

Running man/The pass.

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