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Posted on Jun 16, 2017 by

If you’ve been to Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall in the last few years, you’ll have seen Ben Allen’s tattoo-inspired floor-to-ceiling wall mural above the kitchen pass, a colourful display of his multimedia techniques, which have have earned him worthy status in the art world.

This is reaffirmed by the fact his work also graces the walls of many celebrity clients, including Jade Jagger, Sophie Ellis Bexter and Richard Branson, as well as being featured in the pages of GQ Magazine, The Times, Elle Decor and The Observer.

We were invited along to the opening night of Ben Allen’s exhibition, Meditations, at the Circle Contemporary Gallery in the creative hub of Hawksfield, just off the Atlantic Highway (A39).

Familiar with Ben’s previous work, we expected Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg-esque pop art prints, but this series is different; spread across two floors, the exhibition is a collection of prints and canvases confirming his ability to constantly evolve his portfolio, with a game-changing body of work which displays a fine art quality and a certain degree of maturity in comparison to his previous work.

Of the work Ben said “It hasn’t been an easy process but these paintings have been in my head for years…the colours, the form, the textures each describe a different mental state. It feels good to finally see them as finished pieces of work and I hope they evoke a similar emotive response for others as they do for me.”

His use of complex collage techniques is evident when inspecting the work closely, using a mixture of resin, spray paint and golf leaf. He used black sand in one particularly mesmerising piece, which is entirely black, a rebellion to his usual splashes of vivid colour. Pieces are available to buy, with canvases and framed prints starting at £500.

The exhibition is open until 29 June, sitting alongside other artists’ works, including resident John O’Carroll’s landscape-inspired paintings. Admission is free and a visit to the gallery is highly recommended, along with breakfast or lunch at Strong Adolfo’s and a nose around neighbouring interiors shop Jo & Co.

To see more of Ben’s work, go to

Circle Contemporary Gallery
Atlantic Highway A39
PL27 7LR

Photos by Lucy Thorman, owner of Circle Contemporary Gallery.

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