Jennifer Allan

Jenny Allan

Jenny Allan



Oil on board, 154x124cm, 1994.

Reflecting On The Meaning of Existence. Oil on board, 124x 95cm, 1996.

There Is A Game I Play With Mirrors

There Is A Game I Play With Mirrors

Oil on board, 145x113cm, 1997.

Mind The Gap

Mind The Gap

Oil on cardboard, wire and papier mache, 24x25x24cm, 2014.

Desperately Seeking Self

Desperately Seeking Self

Oil on board, 123x110cm, 2008.

Repetition Compulsion

Repetition Compulsion

Pencil on paper, 75x62cm, 2009.


Born: Glasgow, Scotland.

Lives: Carmarthenshire, Wales.


1966 -1970, Glasgow School of Art (BA Fine Art).

Selected exhibitions 2014 to 1994
Rhondda Heritage Centre.

Mid Wales Art Centre, Caersws.

Art Central, Barry.

National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Bank of Ireland, Dublin.

Beverly Arts Centre, Chicago.

Lillie Art Gallery, Dumbartonshire, Scotland.

European Parliment, Strasbourg.

Brecknock Museum, Brecon,

St David's Hall, Cardiff.

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow.

Aberystwyth Art Centre, Aberystwyth.

Washington Gallery, Penarth.

Old Hall, Cowbridge.

Howard Gardens, Cardiff.

Old Library, Cardiff.


Born in Glasgow in 1948, and educated in the Scottish Borders and Lancashire, Jennifer trained at Glasgow School of Art in the late sixties with Printmaking as a main discipline.  

She lived in Hampshire for several years, lecturing in Drawing and Painting at Southampton College of Art until the early eighties when she moved to the more commercially oriented demands of marketing design within the Publishing / Advertising Division of an International Electronics Company.

External circumstances and necessary redirection of focus throughout the eighties resulted in a dearth of all but occasional personally expressive work and exhibition participation. She relocated to Cardiff in the late eighties, resumed painting in the early nineties and has been regularly exhibiting since 1994.

She is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist.

Her work is essentially autobiographical, using simple pictorial constructs as metaphors to examine, explore and express aspects of her emotional history and she has recently begun working three dimensionally, finding the physicality of quite literally, 'shaping' her ideas, more kinesthetically expressive.

Both as a visual artist and as a psychotherapist, she considers that her work necessitates profound introspection and a willingness to be revealed in the pursuit of creating the opportunity for making meaning and considers that, ultimately,  “What is most personal is most general” (Carl Rogers 1961).


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