Archive for February, 2009


Posted in Photography on February 28, 2009 by Thomas Allen


A collector in Greece recently purchased two of my prints for her husband’s 30th birthday (I KNOW!). It seems that he saw the story about me in Patek Philippe a while back and has been a fan ever since. Because they were gifts, the client asked if I would be willing to make a birthday card to go with them. I thought  a self-portrait would be nice. Happy Birthday Nikos!

[ NOTE: I blurred the special birthday wish, written in Greek, that I was asked to include to insure that this card remains one-of-a-kind]


Posted in Photography on February 27, 2009 by Thomas Allen


I’ve been invited to participate in a group show at 1000 eventi gallery (Milan), opening April 18. I am delighted to be in the company of Jay Batlle (sculpture), Melissa Kretschmer (collage), Christopher Michlig (collage/sculpture/video), Will Turner (collage) and Andrea Mastrovito (btw – another Foley artist) who will create a paper garden installatoin using flower books (OUCH! I think my toes are being stepped on).


March Madness

Posted in Photography on February 13, 2009 by Thomas Allen


The March issue of Harper’s is about to hit the stands (if it hasn’t done so already) — markng my 4th appearance in the magazine since 2005. I was a bit overwhelmed when the request came in, but to be honest, I can never say , “No” to Stacey or Alyssa. With less than a week to come up with 4 illustrations for a piece on the Frankfurt Book Fair, my only option was to work with what I had on-hand (in regards to source material). I decided to keep things minimal by shaping the visuals from non-printed book cloth. 


The exception to the rule is the final image. To make reference to the fair’s lavish buffets, silhouettes were sliced and lifted from the not-so-lavish covers of two old Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks.  

 My copies of the magazine arrived today and, as always, the reproductions and layout look terrific. The text of the article itself has been distorted out of respect for Harper’s and its readers. 



Posted in Exhibitions, Photography on February 12, 2009 by Thomas Allen


This is a poster advertising my show at Ogilvy New York. This piece of visual genius is the work of art director, Dustin Copeland, who cut the books himself (a true man after my own heart). As I sit here with a goofy and awestruck grin on my face, I find myself wishing I were there when Dustin put this together. I, of all people, respect the fact that making something this painstakingly perfect is, by no means, an easy feat. I would have enjoyed watching the setup process to see if he had to fight (like I often do) with any of the books to keep them from falling over. Regardless, Dustin is my new best friend and I certainly hope we have a chance to meet face-to-face one day.

Hold on—I’m not finished yet.

I must thank Jun Lee, curator at Ogilvy New York. She is responsible for the putting the show together which, in turn, led to the poster. Thank you!

Thomas Allen show currently showing at Ogilvy NY World Wide Plaza 7th FL

Time Keeper

Posted in Photography on February 12, 2009 by Thomas Allen


A few weeks ago, my daughter received a “Make Your Own Clock” kit-in-a-can from grandma for her birthday. We sat down to put it together on Sunday and I promptly tossed the instructions after reading the first line: “After marking the center, drill a 3/8 inch hole in the lid of the can.” Who in their right mind would find joy in putting clock parts on the package they came in?

I went down the basement to find a more suitable substrate. When I came back, my daughter’s attention was focused on Play-Doh and Littlest Pet Shop Pets, thus leaving me to finish the job alone. I have Jody Churchfield at O Magazine to thank for the book!

Progress [I]

Posted in Photography on February 4, 2009 by Thomas Allen


With two weeks left until their first project is due, my Kendall students have been amazing me with their progress. A few of them have agreed to share what they have so far and I’m pleased to post them.

****February 4th, 2009****
Here are two more that arrived today:



Posted in Photography on February 4, 2009 by Thomas Allen

Last month, I received a request from Portfolio Magazine to create sample images to accompany an article about investment firms and hidden cash. The art director loved the Photoshop composites that I submitted, but the editors chose to go with a headshot of a portfolio manager instead. Regardless, I enjoyed the opportunity and was compensated with a handsome “kill” fee.

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