Born 1972, Hexham (Newcastle), UK
Whimsical and intriguing, Allott’s works focus on the key themes of exploration, conquest and discovery.
The artist’s paintings and sculptures present a fantastical merging of the philosophies of science and culture, offering a critique of historic social beliefs alongside an investigation of the contemporary.
The Landscape Spaceship series draws on 19th and early 20th century representations of crafts designed for journeys into the air, sea, and space. The spaceships presented in these works stand opposed to the slick high-tech constructs of modern space travel: made from wood and metal, the structures evoke the amateur prototypes of early inventions. Presented in anonymous foreign locales, the landscapes of this other world reference the historical landscape works of European artists struggling to articulate the alien landscapes of the New Worlds in years gone by.
Contrasting with these anonymous and barren landscapes are the imaginary landscapes depicted on the spaceships themselves.
In constructing a representation of the unknown the comparison to the familiar is inevitable but ultimately misleading.
British artist Guy Allott graduated from the Royal College of Art (London) in 2002 and is currently a finalist for the John Moores 24, at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. He has previously won the First Base Award from ACAVA, and the Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University (London). Allott has exhibited widely in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and America.