September 02, 2005
Davida Allen has won the Archibald Prize, the premier Australian award for portraiture and regularly exhibits in the international Biennale (modernist and expressionist art).
Davida Allen, Troll lover, Oil on Canvas
A Talk, some commentary
A series of paintings were openly a series of fantasies centring round the actor, Sam Neil, which expressed sexual desire:
Davida Allen, Fantasy of Sam Neil,1980, mixed canvas
Often the traditional impastoed technique--thick paint, scraped back and scratched into--is used to depict frustration, angst, grief.
Davida Allen, Death of my father, 1981-82
Allen's visual skills well deployed to construct a short film (c 50 mins) of a Queensland painter struggling with the conflictual demands of bohemia and suburbia.