A.Richard Allen
V&A 2017 Awards shorlist
The V&A Museum have just announced their shortlist for the 2017 Illustration Award; I am in the running in the Editorial category for my Trump Tsunami image. I get to hear if I won at a glitzy gala on May 16 with category winners in contention for an overall award. I hope to drink my volume in fizz whatever the result (much as I did schnoring on Harper Collins's dime at the V&A a few years back). Press release here.
Here's a picture of the trophies up for grabs. No idea of scale. Not tea chest size, one hopes
Petworth House painting exhibition March 25- May 21 2017
Since Drawger is an illustration blog, I am hoping to post some more about illustration soon. In the meantime here’s a coda to my Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 win - my first solo painting show at Petworth House in West Sussex started on 25 March and runs until 21 May. If you happen to be in England during this time do call in. That makes it sound like I'm permanently on hand. I'm not. It’s a beautiful location, a favourite of Turner's. There's a mansion housing a huge collection of old masters, with rambling deer parks and formal gardens. And there are my paintings, of course. A cross section of my work from the last five or so years- all presented beautifully. There’s a catalogue on my website (prices of works still available on request, hustle, hustle).
I’m aiming to keep the momentum going with shows scheduled in Henley-on-Thames, Shropshire, London,and Cumbria over the year.
photo (c) J Bown

Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016
It's been a curious year for all of us. I've had the distraction of taking part in a tv show. Painting landscape. The show, Landscape Artist of the Year 2016, (on Sky Arts in the UK and to be shown at some point in 2017 in the US and Australia) pits seven artists against each other over four hours to paint a particular view. Winners from these six heats plus one Wildcard made it through to the semi-final. From there three progressed into the final and did an additional commission piece in the meantime. This piece along with the final four hour piece was used in judging the winner. And that, friends, was me.
From not exhibiting my work in any meaningful way over the last four years of painting to taking part in a series of timed, judged, competitive challenges, all the time being filmed for tv, was perhaps a little perverse. Particularly as conventional landscapes and painting en plein air simply haven't been part of my practice.
Right now I'm still reeling at the affirmation of the award (and from having to watch myself on telly). Taking part in the show has led to an abiding love for painting landscape, though perhaps not up against the clock or with a tv crew charting my every brushstroke. I've met some lovely, talented people along the way (not least amongst the production staff).
As a condition of winning I undertook a commission for the National Trust of the magnificent Petworth House, home to a wonderful collection of art (including pieces by Turner, Gainsborough, Bosch, Claude, and Titian). I've been offered an exhibition of my work to take place from March 25 2017 at Petworth itself.
Do have a look at my paintings over at
My final commission for the National Trust. A diptych referencing Turner's Dewy Morning: Petworth JMWT homage (2016) 61cm x 91cm and Petworth Postcard (2016) 61cm x 91cm (oil on linen)

Petworth Urn (2016) 46cm x 61cm, oil on linen

Petworth Lower Pond (2016) 61cm x 91cm, oil on linen

Petworth Sunset 2 (2016) 61cm x 91cm

Aberdulais 2 (2016) 91cm x 61cm, oil on linen- my commission piece between the semi final and final

Aberdulais 1 (2016) 70cm x 55cm, oil on line. A variation on the above

Postcards (Hardy Country) (2014) 67cm x 91cm, oil on linen A still-life-cum-landscape. My submission piece

My paintings from Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year (Stowen, Margate, Urquhart Castle, Aberdulais, my original entry) 2016

Me at work (using the dariole moulds on the edge of my palette I also baked a couple of knockout miniature cheese souffles within the 4 hr challenge)

Books of the Year
A quick and satisfying section cover for Sarah Habershon at the Guardian

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