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    Sale 12303

    Modern British & Irish Art

    17 March 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84

    Richard Allen (1933-1999)


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    Richard Allen (1933-1999)
    with estate mark 'ENCS1' (on a label attached to the canvas-overlap)
    acrylic on canvas
    60 x 136 in. (152 x 345.5 cm.)
    Painted circa 1970.

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    From the late 1960s Allen worked on two-colour stripe acrylic paintings such as the present work. In 1971, he was invited to join a group exploring systemic paintings called Matrix. In Allen's words 'This involved the idea of a recoverable system underlying the construction of the painting' (Exhibition catalogue, Richard Allen A Retrospective, Offer Waterman, London, 2008). 'Warp' was included in the first Matrix exhibition in Bristol. The exposure from being involved in this exhibition led to Allen's inclusion in the Systems Exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery the following year.

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    The artist's estate.
    with Offer Waterman, London, where purchased by the present owner.


    Exhibition catalogue, Matrix, Bristol, Arnolfini Gallery, 1971, illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, Richard Allen A Retrospective, London, Offer Waterman, 2008, no. 14, illustrated.


    London, St Katharine's Docks, Match Shed, Richard Allen Exhibition, 1970, catalogue not traced.
    Bristol, Arnolfini Gallery, Matrix, 1971: this exhibition travelled to Cardiff, Welsh Arts Council Gallery, September - October 1971; Canterbury, Gulbenkien Theatre Gallery, October - November 1971; and Italy, Verona, Studio La Citta, not numbered.
    London, Offer Waterman, Richard Allen A Retrospective, April - May 2008, no. 14.