Recently, an artist from New York has launched a website showcasing great skill in art, photography and writing. Allen Williams became an artist when only a child in the 90’s, while just outside of New York City. He placed in the advanced art classes in high school and received recognition for the first time in 2006, where he was presented with an award and a Dali book. His work later was seen at The B.J. Spoke gallery in Huntington and then in Manhattan for two separate exhibitions, one in Alphabet City, and the other at The New York City Graffiti Event Center in Harlem (Solo). He has an art book for sale on the site, allenartist.com.
The book has much of his drawings and paintings from the early 2000’s. The work is mainly urban in feel, and uses bright colors and bold outlines. It is called “As The Romans.” Some of the original work featured in the book was sold to collectors in around 2009. He shot his first decent photo as a teenager and didn’t take up photography professionally until a few years later. After going to a party in Brooklyn, an attendee invited him to see his band perform. Allen responded by asking if he could take pictures, and from then on, he began his dance with photography, all in 2016-2017. He worked for a few years taking pictures of bands in Manhattan and Brooklyn and built an impressive portfolio.
His work pays attention to composition, exposure, and impressive aesthetics. Alongside this portraiture, he began to take pictures of streets, shorelines, and architecture as well. He is predominantly a self taught photographer, however he did take a course in it while finishing college. Learning from experience wasn’t so much a plan as it was just an occurence, but nonetheless, didn’t pose any difficulties for him.
Allen took some time off just after high school and nearly ten years later was able to complete his studies, however he didn’t study art but instead studied English. This is where his skill in writing originated from. The most profound effect on him was from learning about literary theory. The basis for his text-only book, “The Secret Agent and The Story: Photojournalism,” is mainly about exploring societal theory and comparing and contrasting how aspects of society work together. The book plainly is about his time photographing bands and his journey into telling stories with his photos. His interests had prepared him for this type of work but remained mysterious and unknown to him for quite some time leading up to this. While back in school, Allen became an inducted member of one of his school’s honor societies in 2019.
The shop on allenartist.com has two books, photography prints, masks, shirts, skateboards, phone cases, and tarot cards, all with Allen Williams’ designs on them.