Home: SW Michigan
BFA: Wayne State University [Detroit, MI]
MFA: University of Minnesota [Minneapolis, MN]
Send inquiries regarding image reproduction and illustration work to:
thomasallenonline [@] gmail [dot] com
I do not sell work directly. For information on editioned prints or exhibition opportunities, please contact one of the following galleries:
info [@] foleygallery [dot] com   |  212.244.9081
gail [@] ggibsongallery [dot] com   | 206.587.4033
Visit APERTURE to purchase:
UNCOVERED: Photographs by Thomas Allen [Aperture, 2007]
SUSPENDED — 16″ x 20″ limited-edition print.

16 Responses to “About”

  1. I have just discovered your website and love your work. Thanks for sharing your gallery samples and process. I am a graphic designer in San Diego, and consider a site like this a treasure! Again, thanks! Christy

  2. Sarah Maske Says:

    Hey Tom,

    My hubby wants to contact you about what your requirements are for using an image online. What’s your number? And – when is a good time to all? 🙂


    Sarah Maske

  3. carolyn fath Says:

    hey thomas! surfing this am and found something I thought you’d get a kick out of: http://thechive.com/2009/12/11/odd-toilet-paper-roll-art-8-photos/. 🙂

  4. Hey Tom,

    I just want to say thanks for the work you do. I was inspired by your work to create a series of images for a photo project. I have a couple images up on my site: http://josecotto.tumblr.com. If you ever get a chance to check it out, I would appreciate your thoughts on my work.


  5. Ginny Griffith Says:

    I have always loved pop-up art and am so glad to see it taken to the next level so beautifully. Love, love, love your work! Thank you for sharing.

  6. Hi Thomas,

    I’ve really enjoyed looking at your work, this pop-up medium, I’ve never seen anything like it before, Fantastic! I’ll be bookmarking your site.

    Andrew (France)

  7. Thomas ,I thought I should tell you I will be giving a presentation for my photography class on your work.We were to find a photographer whose work we admired.I searched on line to see if anything new grabbed me,some did but for the most part there was nothing that held my attention.Later that day I was at struck by A small book called Uncovered.I really enjoy that era of art and collect Mens magazines and paperbacks that have that NOIR STYLE of graphics! At some point I would love to photograph one of my many collections of old toys,books,blk memorobilia or space toys to name a few.I will be grabbing some of your work online(to be used strictly for the presentation!) I hope this is ok with you please let me know if I will have to take you to dinner? If so let me know so I can make resevations at Chez Panisse!!,Or at caspers hot dogs and desert at Masse’s. Anyway love your stuff Bud send me a note.

    One of your many fans MFG

  8. Oh my God, I am in love! I speak your language, your aesthetic lies within my creative soul. You are an amazing artist, thank you for working outside of “the box”. Mostly, thank you for flooding my perceptions with goosebumps and visceral memories of childhood glee!!!!

    fellow edge rider & fine arts photographer,
    Jenny Rae

  9. Super work I saw in real at the London Art Fair..I suddenly became very envious of the guy at Folley’s gallery

  10. […] of Thomas Allen By Ned Hepburn 1 min agoThomas Allen is an artist born, raised and currently residing in Michigan. His work is distinctive due to its incomparable style of using books to create tiny sculptures […]

  11. I found your work featured at Laughing Squid and I am so glad I did. Your work is truly creative and inspiring to see. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Thank you for your comment Carmen. New work coming this fall! In the meantime, be sure to check out the next issue of Harper’s Magazine.

  13. Hello,

    I am the Literature Editor for London Student newspaper, Europe’s largest student newspaper. I am was wondering whether you might be interested in doing an interview via email concerning the beautiful work you are carrying out with books? We are running a series of contemplations about the book as material object, including some philosophical, theoretical and political perspectives, and I would be very eager to include some of your thoughts, as an artist who works in this medium.

    Please do let me know; it would, undoubtably, be great publicity for your work, as well as provided what I see as necessary and valuable exposure for this sort of artistic venture.


    Penny Newell
    Literature Editor, London Student Newspaper

  14. […] Künstler und Illustrator Thomas Allen schafft diese anmutigen Figuren aus alten Büchern indem er die Umschläge oder einzelne Seiten […]

  15. Hi! I really love your job, you’re a great artist! I’ve talk about you on a post in my new blog, a place where a talk about the things I love best.. if you wanna have a look! http://ninisochic.wordpress.com/ thank you for the beautiful images that you create! Beauty will save the world isn’t it? st

  16. Your article “Copycat” was sent to me in the comment section of a short blogpost I wrote: http://zenkatwrites.com/2013/12/06/copyright-laws-and-derivative-work/
    I don’t know the woman who sent it as she has decided nto to shwo her work at all, but appreciated your thoughtful piece and am sending people to read it. I sometimes draw FROM images, but do not scan them, but use them for information about structure. The whole copying concept is an interesting one. Thank you for your post; sorry comments are closed.

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