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Anji Allen

Anji Allen

Whilst not having any formal training I began and drawing and painting from a very young age.  Like many people of my generation, I was discouraged from pursuing a career in art so I put it to one side for some years.  When my children were young I made them papier-mâché piggy banks. This led to other people wanting them and thus my career in art began.  Large pots and bigger pieces followed which were sold in galleries all over the country.  Moving on to work freelance in the greeting card industry my illustrative designs were also used on many other products which sold all over the world.

Passionate about buildings and influenced by my architect husband, I had always wanted to draw buildings of my own in a quirky style.  Using my experience in the greeting card industry I began with the Pubs of Morpeth where I live and put them on cards.  New designs from all over the area developed including Pictures of Newcastle, and the bright and quirky designs became more well known.  The products and cards developed into bigger paintings and prints  which I now concentrate on.

My recent works look at some of the less observed urban streets which exist alongside the more obvious and well known buildings.  Much of my work is made with gouache and pen and I am currently using more mixed media on canvas.

Apart from the buildings themselves my inspiration comes from everything and everybody around me.  When I draw a buildings I think about what might be going on in those buildings now and in the past and in the future.  Who lives there? What do they do? How do they live?

I am currently working on commissions and buildings from further afield.

 

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Anji Allen

Angel of the North

If you're an artist painting buildings and icons of local interest, the Angel is obligat..

£55.00

Anji Allen

Baltic & Bridges

Driving back along the Tyne after going to the picture framers I stopped and looked over a wall a..

£55.00

Anji Allen

Bellvue Terrace

A pretty Terrace near the city centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Looks out over a moor complete..

£75.00

Anji Allen

Corbridge from the Bridge

Material used: Gouache & Pen   Giclee print on Epson Archival Matte 310gsm. Double moun..

£45.00

Anji Allen

Doon Toon

Out of the Strawberry and into the match. The strawberry public house is opposite St James's Park..

£55.00

Anji Allen

Down the Tyne

A classic view looking down the River Tyne with the memories of the Tuxedo Princess moored undern..

£95.00

Anji Allen

Down the Tyne 3

The picture of the Bridges that I enjoyed doing most. Painted from a similar viewpoint to an..

£70.00

Anji Allen

Durham Castle from the Bridge

As you cross the bridge to the old shopping streets of Durham the Castle peeps over the top of th..

£45.00

Anji Allen

Eric's House

This terrace, near the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, is where my husband used to work when I..

£75.00

Anji Allen

Gateway South

Anji Allen's version of a classic view of the Tyne Bridge as you are leaving the Newcastle side.&..

£50.00

Anji Allen

Grey Market Place

Based on Hexham Market Place I wanted to paint the buildings I love but in a slightly looser way...

£75.00

Anji Allen

Hexham Market Place

This was the first time that I had painted Hexham Market Place. I love the juxtaposition of ..

£45.00

Anji Allen

Merchant Houses Newcastle upon Tyne

A lovely set of old Newcastle buildings. Walking up from the quayside I always look at the m..

£75.00

Anji Allen

On the Waterfront

Approaching Newcastle from the Gateshead side there is a wonderful backdrop of colourful old and ..

£95.00

Anji Allen

Pink Terrace

Based on the houses opposite Kings School Tynemouth this is another set of lovely buildings found..

£75.00