(Australia 04 Jan 1916–30 Jul 1992)
42.6 x 53.6cm blockmark; 59.0 x 68.8cm sheet
Joyce Allen was a painter and printmaker whose lively and often humorous images reveal her insightful appreciation of urban life and human activity, tinged with satire and realized with a powerful graphic intensity. Her figurative subjects included places where people congregate such as town centres, art galleries and parks, and were often drawn from her life in suburban Sydney, and later Bowral, New South Wales.
A student of Thea Proctor in the 1950s, Allen's prints were exhibited and collected in Sydney from that time and she had a considerable influence through her teaching at the Willoughby Workshop, one of the key centers for printmaking in Sydney in the 1960s and 70s.
Allen exhibited with the Sydney Printmakers group and the Print Council of Australia throughout her career, and after moving to Bowral in 1970 continued to make prints, especially linocuts. During this late phase of her career, she worked in self-imposed isolation from other artists; nonetheless, her work was increasingly appreciated by artists and collectors and a large group of her prints were acquired by the National Gallery of Australia in 1986.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006