Born in 1987, Guy Allen grew up surrounded by Norfolk’s natural beauty and the animal world is central to his work and inspiration. He graduated from Central St Martin’s School of Art in 2011, but discovered his passion for the traditional etching process while studying at the École Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2010. In 2012, Guy trained as an assistant print maker at the highly respected Curwen Studios, Cambridge, under Mary Dalton and Stanley Jones, where he mastered other types of printmaking.

Today Guy works as a full-time artist in his Peckham studio and prints at respected Artichoke Printmaking Studios, accompanied by his trusty wirehaired dachshund, Loaf. To create his pieces, Guy marries the traditional technique of etching with a timeless subject matter and printmaking processes for a more contemporary twist. The stages involved in creating these original prints include etching, aquatint, screen print and lithography.

The horseracing world particularly inspires Guy – he delights in the technical skill required to capture horses’ musculature and movement. Most recently, one of Guy’s etchings, Horse Study Blue, was awarded runner up at the Society of Equestrian Artists Summer Exhibition at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket.

Guy has made a name for himself in the UK and internationally as his work featured in the prestigious Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 2013 and 2014, and he has exhibited in Dubai and New York. His work is also housed in private collections in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong.