Brighton-based artist Ben Allen is one of our favourite artists here at Looking Sideways (not least because we get to go skating with Ben), so we’re really pleased to help promote his new show Dirty Sexy Money that runs from June 28th to June 30th at London’s Turner Barnes Gallery (32 Store Street, London WC1E 7BS), then moving to the Chelmsford-based Turner Barnes Gallery (Boyton Hall Farm, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 4LN) from the 5th of July through to the 28th July.
Aptly-named, the Dirty Sexy Money show will feature forty-six new works of art that, including an art work Ben recently made with model Katie Price. Their collaboration piece will be auctioned off for the benefit of Katie’s charities on the opening night of the London show.
Here’s the press release:
“This new collection has been keeping Ben hidden away in his Brighton based studio for the best part of a year and now the time has come for the eagerly awaited works to be revealed for the fist time at an amazing location in the art capital of the world. Showcasing on a London platform, puts DIRTY SEXY MONEY amongst some of the biggest art shows in the world. Set in the new up & coming art area in the heart of the Capital, a gallery space in Store Street, London’s newly regenerated area by the British Museum. Part of a row of traditional, individual shops just a short walk from Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road.
The popularity around the work of Ben Allen has been quietly growing on the art scene of emerging artists over the last few years, with the anticipation for this solo show bubbling under the surface, expectations are running high as to what he is going to do next TURNER | BARNES | GALLERY has seen Ben Allen grow to one of their best selling artists over the 18 months they have been representing him, so a solo show was the next natural step as the demand for his work is increasing at such a rapid rate.
The International Art Fairs best kept secret is about to POP!
Ben has stretched his ideas, colour pallet, subject matters, mediums and techniques to create a truly explosive show!
DIRTY SEXY MONEY is an exhibition of work fused together in 7 individual collections each exposing the diverse influences Ben has collected throughout his life. Inspiration from weather swept billboards to the mass production of modern culture, the art sees layers of experiences and hidden suggestions revealed, creating a spontaneous and unpredictable collection.
If you are a fan of Warhol you will be a fan of this.
Having been a self taught, full time artist for over 10 years. Ben Allen’s work is more relatable and accessible for collectors. Ben has exhibited his work around the world; TURNER | BARNES|GALLERY has taken his work to the Affordable Art Fairs in London, New York and Singapore.
Brighton born and bred Ben Allen works in a multitude of media and materials including acrylic, silkscreen, ink, collage and spray paint. Influences include comic book art, surfing, skateboarding, iconic logos, typography and pop art.
Ben Allen has become a top selling artist in Galleries around the globe whilst also collecting his own celebrity client database. Already tempted, worldwide collectors such as the likes of Richard Branson, Jade Jagger, Katie Price and Stephen Dorff all enjoy the art of Ben Allen on their walls.
Previous works are a striking concoction of graffiti, street, graphic and pop art. Ben has a unique style of work with inspiration from the famous art movement POP ART!