About the Art

My earlier work used fanciful or exaggerated colors, high contrast and bold shapes in order to make the familiar more abstract and less predictable. The patterns of nature, with repeating shapes and lines, have always interested me.

Recently I have been evolving toward more abstract, non-representational imagery. I want to express more directly the energy and excitement and mystery of life, without the distraction of recognizable objects.

All of the paintings here are acrylic on stretched canvas and are prepared for hanging in a contemporary style without a frame.

All are for sale at modest prices.


About the Artist, Irene B. Allen

My formal education has been in biology, with a BA from Middlebury College and an MAT from Johns Hopkins. I have studied at Rhode Island School of Design and exhibited drawings, silkscreen prints and paintings throughout New England.

I am a member of the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, The Attleboro Arts Museum, Associate member of the Art League of RI, and a founding member of the Ceruleans, a group of women artists who meet monthly to critique each others work and to mount yearly exhibits together.

Recent Awards

2016 "Award of Merit" at Attleboro Arts Museum Members show, Attleboro, MA

2015 "PAC Award" at Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Foundation show, Pawtucket, RI

2014 "PAC Award" at Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Foundation show, Pawtucket, RI

2013 "Second Place" at Spring Bull Gallery's Abstract show in Newport, RI

2012 "Best in Show" at Spring Bull Gallery's Waterscape show in Newport, RI

2012 "Second Juror's Award". East Greenwich Library's Winter's Eve show, East Greenwhch, RI

2010 "Best Representational" in the Attleboro Arts Museum Members show, Attleboro, MA