Timothy Joseph Allen is an American figurative painter who has been living and working in Rome, Italy for over twenty years. He began his career in 1992, earning a BA in Studio Art at DePauw University and an MFA in Painting at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998. He has been teaching at The American University of Rome since 2006 and has managed his own painting school, the Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome, since 2010.
Allen’s medium is oil on canvas and his style and subject matter are predominantly inspired by the Renaissance and Baroque.
Painting is a walk in a vast woods: a meandering search for the trails of the heroes who traveled before, a tangled assembly of knowledge, material and experience, and a treasure hunt that balances empirical analysis with intuitive action.
Of special note: these are no ordinary woods. They are centuries old. Probably millennia. Any ‘new’ trees that try to grow here are readily deprived of the sun. Only convincing realities of timeless subjects and stories endure.
My goal is never easy, but easy to define: make something worthy enough of these woods to remain.
Awards, Exhibitions & Lectures
2021, finalist in the international portrait competition ModPortrait 2020 with exhibitions in Zaragoza and Barcelona, Spain (March to July, 2021)
2020, Two-Person Exhibition, LightFall, Il Laboratorio, Trastevere, Rome, Italy (Sept 18th to the 20th)
2020, Lecture, Caravaggio & the Art of Subversion, presented to the “Vivere con Filosofia” club, Rome, Italy, February
2019, Lecture, Caravaggio & the Art of Subversion, presented to the Rotary Club of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
2019, Group Exhibition, Rome Salon – New Works from Figurative Painters in Rome, Sala Margana, Rome, Italy (May 17th to the 19th)
2019, Faculty Professional Development Award—The American University of Rome
2018, Lecture, Caravaggio & the Art of Subversion, presented to the Petra club, Noci, Puglia, Italy, December
2018, selected for the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional exhibition
2018, pre-selected for the 2018 exhibition of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, London, England (February)
2017, Faculty Professional Development Award—The American University of Rome
2017, pre-selected for the 9th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition 2017, Barcelona, Spain (June)
2016, selected for the second annual World Wide Kitsch online painting competition
2016, Open Studio exhibition, “The Night Watch – Paintings and Drawing by Timothy Joseph Allen”, Rome, Italy (May 21st to July 21st)
2015, selected for the first annual World Wide Kitsch online painting competition.
2015, pre-selected for the 2015 BP National Gallery Portrait Competition.
2014, included in the publication The Nerdrum School, The Master and His Students, Hardcover: 256 pages. Publisher: Arvinius + Orfeus (May 31, 2014) Language: English. ISBN-10: 9187543044. ISBN-13: 978-9187543043
2013, Pre-Selected for the 7th Figurativas Painting and Sculpture Competition 2013, Barcelona, Spain (June)
2010, Faculty Professional Development Award—The American University of Rome
2009, Faculty Professional Development Award—The American University of Rome
2009, Group Exhibition, Painting—Arte PerOGGI, Il Museo Nazionale dell’Arte Alto Medioevo, Rome, Italy (March 6th – 15th, 2009)
2008, Solo Exhibition, Painting & Drawing—Eyes on the Summit, Zigaetana, Rome, Italy (April 7th – June 30th)
2008, Group Exhibition, Painting—Arte del Territorio – The Magician’s Assistant, Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy (May 11th, 2008)
2008, Group Exhibition, Painting & Drawing—Arte del Territorio – Light & Eclisse, Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy (March 9th)
2007, Faculty Professional Development Award—The American University of Rome
2007, Solo Exhibition, Drawing—The Anatomy of Light, Cafè Perù, Rome, Italy (October 13th – November 3rd)
2007, Group Exhibition, Painting—Identità: Espressioni a Pennello, Palazzo dei Congressi, Rome, Italy (October 5th – October 7th)
2007, Premio Arte PerOGGI, third edition—Identità: Espressioni a Pennello, Third Place Finalist
2007, Group Exhibition, Drawing—La Porta Blu Gallery, Rome, Italy
2006, Faculty Professional Development Award—The American University of Rome
2006, Group Exhibition, Drawing—La Porta Blu Gallery, Rome, Italy
2006, Group Exhibition, Painting—Egyptian Cultural Center, Rome, Italy
2006, Group Exhibition, Painting—Gallerie Benucci, Rome, Italy
2006, Premio Culturale Roma Centro Storico, First Edition—Competition Finalist
1998, Graduate Exhibition—Indiana University Museum of Art, Bloomington, Indiana
1998, Herman B. Wells Fellowship Award—John Waldron Art Center, Bloomington, Indiana
1996, “National Society of Arts and Letters”—John Waldron Art Center, Bloomington, Indiana
1994, Solo Exhibition—John Waldron Art Center, Bloomington, Indiana
1992, Emison Fellowship (recognition of the outstanding senior artist at DePauw)—DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana