Guy Allen’s exhibition text written by the Earl of Leicester

‘Fur, Feathers & Feelers’

8th – 30th September, 2017

Guy’s exceptional exhibition of etchings and screen prints demonstrates where he has got to since leaving Central St Martins School of Art in 2011.  In the journey to get to this stage of his career he has accomplished much, ranging from his initial pencil drawings to having works exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition for two years running.  For this, I commend him for his dedication and perseverance in the often lonely world of being an artist sitting in an art studio.

I first came across him nine years ago when his mother sold me an Irish Terrier, Jupiter. I commissioned him to draw the dog and also a portrait of my son, Ned.  This was the start of my interest in Guy’s artwork that included buying etchings of trees from his Wiveton Hall exhibition. More recently we have commissioned two etchings that are for sale in our Holkham shop, one of a Fallow Deer in the Park and another of boxing hares.  Since those initial drawings I have followed Guy’s career with interest, watching him master the art of etching and displaying his real love of this métier. In October 2016 I instagrammed a photo of Professor Norman Akroyd CBE RA at work in his Southwark studio. Guy was one of the first to comment – “The King of Print Makers”.

Guy’s ability to bring real life into his etchings is well demonstrated in this collection of works associated with birds, fish and insects; all exquisitely worked onto triangles and circular copper plates, and introducing gold leaf.

Only recently my wife Polly and I visited Guy in his London Studio where we saw how much time and commitment each piece of work takes. Guy’s powers of observation and attention to detail, together with hard work and determination have resulted in this amazing exhibition of “Fur, Feathers and Feelers” at the Fairhurst Gallery.

I wish him good luck with the exhibition, another part of the journey to him becoming “The King of Print Makers”.

The Earl of Leicester

Holkham Hall, September 2017

Written by Nina Fowler