Christopher Allen

My work is concerned with the discordance between the perception of the urban structure as unchanging and infinite and its actual temporal finitude.  Via travels throughout the alleyways and other discarded areas that transect the urban landscape, I attempt to circumvent the façades that belie architecture's temporal existence and access sites marked by disintegration and corrosion. 


The structures that are documented for these works are not selected as such because of a past history but, rather, because of their future history, which is readily alluded to in the visible scrapes, corrosions, and disintegrations marking them. These marks become signifiers of the passage of time, containing records of each moment which has passed by in the lifetime of the structure while, paradoxically, being themselves, subject to the momentariness and impermanence of all things.

Born in Saskatchewan in 1983, and raised in Prince Albert, Christopher spent a year in Oregon before moving to Saskatoon. Here he studied printmaking at the University of Saskatchewan and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts.  

Currently working out of Vancouver, Christopher continues to evolve his practice, combining elements of print, paint, drawing, and installation into his work.  

Christopher’s work has been exhibited across Canada, most recently being a part of the ‘Buildings That Spin’ exhibition at the p|m Gallery in Toronto.

2001 – 2006    B.F.A. with great distinction, University of Saskatchewan, studio major in printmaking

Solo Exhibitions
2008   Christopher D. Allen & Nancy Fox  •  Malaspina Gallery, Vancouver
2006   Stamped on These Lifeless Things  •  G. Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
2004   Chris Allen & Graham Oliver  •  Royal Red Gallery, Saskatoon

Group Exhibitions
2007   Greased Wheels  •  Elliot Louis Gallery, Vancouver
             Phantasmagories  •  Ayden Gallery, Vancouver
             Hot Off the Press  •  Malaspina Gallery, Vancouver
2006   Buildings That Spin  •  p|m Gallery,  Toronto
             Well Hung  •  Royal Red Gallery, Saskatoon
2005   Shhh…  • G. Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
2004   PSA Group Show  •  Francis Morrison Gallery,  Saskatoon
2003   Rolled Up  •  Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
             Shhh…  •  G. Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon
1998   Untitled  •  Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon

University of Saskatchewan
Gordon Snelgrove Gallery

2006    Greene, Malka and Eve Townsend.  Buildings that Spin Catalogue, Toronto.
Jager, David.  “Playing Architect”, Now Magazine, Vol. 25 No. 50