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Whilst not having any formal training I began and drawing and painting from a very young age.  Like many people of my generation I was discouraged from pursuing a career in art so I put it to one side for some years.  When my children were young I made them papier mache piggy banks. This led to other people wanting them and thus my career in art began.  Large pots and bigger pieces followed which were sold in galleries all over the country.  Moving on to work free lance in the greeting card industry my illustrative designs were also used on many other products which sold all over the world.

 

Passionate about buildings and with the influenced by and archictect husband I had always wanted to draw buildings of my own in a quirky style.  Using my experience in the greeting card industry I began with the Pubs of Morpeth where I live and put them on cards.  New designs from all over the area developed and the bright and quirky designs became more well known.  The products and cards developed into bigger paintings and prints  which I now concentrate on.

 

My recent works look at some of the less observed urban streets which exist alongside the more obvious and well known buildings.  Much of my work is made with gouache and pen and I am currently using more mixed media on canvas.

 

Apart from the buildings themselves my inspiration comes from everything and everybody around me.  When I draw a buildings I think about what might be going on in those buildings now and in the past and in the future.  Who lives there? What do they do? How do they live?

 

I am currently working on commissions and buildings from further afield.

All Work by Anji Allen


  • Rudolf the Red Nosed  Angel

    Rudolf the Red Nosed Angel

  • Grey Market Place

    Grey Market Place

  • Hexham Market Place

    Hexham Market Place

  • Toon Angel

    Toon Angel

  • Bellvue Terrace

    Bellvue Terrace

  • Corbridge from the Bridge

    Corbridge from the Bridge

  • Meeting Point

    Meeting Point

  • Merchant Houses Newcastle upon Tyne

    Merchant Houses Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Shopping City

    Shopping City

  • Popolo's and Paradisio

    Popolo's and Paradisio

  • Down the Tyne 3

    Down the Tyne 3

  • St Nicholas Cathederal

    St Nicholas Cathederal

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