Brooklyn, New York.
b. 1987, Scotland.
Liam Allan’s practice focuses upon the etymology of images, aspiration, and the manipulation of information in digital environments. Through layers of mistruth, damage and misdirection, Allan distorts the clarity of his drawings in an attempt to question intentionality and documented authenticity.
Beginning with research in online and physical archives, his source materials, comprising photographs of contemporary and ancient artifacts, are digitally altered and amalgamated to create new objects that are fictionalised and difficult to accurately place. These carefully crafted compositions are then drawn in pencil on paper, isolated within an exilic void consisting of thousands of vertical pencil marks.
2014: MLitt Fine Art Practice (Distinction)
The Glasgow School of Art.
2009: BA(Hons) Drawing and Painting
Edinburgh College of Art.
The University of Edinburgh.
Selected Exhibitions & Projects:
Publications for Commuters
Katie Schwab, Louise Giovanelli,
Calum Craik, John Ryaner,
Alex Allan. (2018 - Present).
Mono. The Glasgow Print Studio.
Weapons. Limited edition artist’s book.
Safari of Sorts. Ltd Ink Corporation. Glasgow.
Falling Up, curated by Drew Walker PhD. DJCAD. Scotland.
Draft Objects. Online.
Interview with Hunted Projects.
Louise Giovanelli - Publication for Commuters. NYC / Frankfurt.
Katie Schwab - Publication for Commuters. NYC / St Ives / London.
Liam Allan: Arrangements. Ltd Ink Corporation, curated by Kevin Harman. Edinburgh. [Solo]
The Hand that Guides, curated by Calum Craik. 302 Folsom. San Francisco.
John Ryaner - Publication for Commuters. NYC / Frankfurt.
Calum Craik - Publication for Commuters. NYC / SF.
Liam Allan - Papier Mache. (Writing).
Glut Data. ASC Gallery, London.
Swimmers. Publication for Commuters.
Are those bricks, or is it bricks wallpaper? Publication.
Virtual Physical. Research project and artist's book.
Spike Island Film Open. Spike Island, Bristol.
'To the free spirits in all cultures that Soichiro Honda typifies' [Film] traveled to:
Eastside Projects, Brimingham;
Castlefield Gallery, Manchester;
S1 Artspace, Sheffield;
(LUX Scotland: Artist's Moving Image Festival).
Royal Drawing School Residency. Dumfries House.
To the free spirits in all cultures that Soichiro Honda typifies. Giftraum, Berlin.
Liam Allan & Carolin Lange - In Light of the Situation. Information Space, Dundee Contemporary Arts.
The Glasgow School of Art Graduate Degree Show.
Cryptids. The Glasgow Project Room.
Information. Paisley Museum, as part of GENERATION:
25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.
Visions and Values. Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.
Ortonandon Salonandon. FrenchRiviera1988, London.
Defcon Salon 1. The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
A Tribute. GENERATORprojects Summer Programme.
A Tribute. The Waverley, Edinburgh.
PRISM 11. The Orchard Centre, Sheffield.
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011.
Jerwood Space, London and UK tour.
Salon Vert. The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh.
A one night affair between you, me and everybody.
Awards & Residencies:
Royal Drawing School Residency, Dumfries House, U.K.
Nominated for a CCA Glasgow Mentorship Award, 2015.
Selected for the 2011 Jerwood Drawing Prize.
Liam Allan: Weapons.
Publications for Commuters.
Anya. Scott McClure.
The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011. Jerwood Visual Arts.