William G Allen

Born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, Bill Allen served a tour of duty as a Marine in Vietnam. Returning home, he went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in painting and a Master’s Degree in art education from the University of Massachusetts. He maintained studios in Boston (Broad Street and Fort Point Channel) for 20 years, and he taught art for 35 years. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two sons, and now live on Cape Cod.

Bill has garnered numerous awards for his success as an art teacher, including being distinguished with an art educator’s award from Harvard University in 1996 and being honored as, “Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year” by Massachusetts College of Art in 2004.

Bill is known for his large-scale abstract and expressionistic paintings. He likes his work to envelop his viewers, pulling them in and challenging them to bring their own experiences to the subject matter, whether it is a walk on the beach, or a view of a cityscape. His most recent works are influenced by Chinese ink wash drawings where the goal is not to reproduce the appearance of a subject as much as to capture its spirit. Working with mixed media and experimental materials, Bill allows the painting to reveal itself, resulting in bold, yet meditative interpretations of our surroundings.

Bill’s work hangs in many private collections. In 2004 he had a retrospective show at Bellezza in downtown Falmouth, Massachusetts.

William G. Allen’s paintings catch your attention immediately…they are large, they are dramatic, they are masterfully done…The Falmouth Enterprise