Ben Allen is a contemporary painter, printmaker, and street artist from Great Britain. The artist is part of the Pop Art movement working with many cultural icons including Mickey Mouse, Pinocchio, Donald Duck, and Goofy.
The artist has also created interesting work with the human figure.
Allen is self taught. He left the United Kingdom at age 17 and traveled to Indonesia. After traveling and returning to England he decided to become a painter so he opened up a small studio. After five years time he was able to quit his menial jobs that paid the bills. Allen was finally able to paint full time.
Price range information: Works range from $150 to $6,000 U.S. Dollars. The artist creates prints and original artwork.
Some items that provide inspiration to Ben Allen are tatoos, record album covers, and master artists including Warhol, Koons, and Basquiat.
In this clip we view a time lapse of a mural designed by Ben Allen:
Ben Allen has been a great success working in the commercial field. Some past clients include Levi jeans, Virgin, and Nokia. The artist recently licensed his work to appear on iPhone and iPad covers.
Below a brief biography on the artist including a trip to his studio:
Ben Allen is a great example of contemporary street and pop art. In today’s world where most people spend more time online than offline, the artist captures perfectly the mix of consumerism and capitalism that makes up the United States, everything including privacy is for sale.
Another contemporary pop artist that often paints Mickey Mouse is Joyce Pensato.