Thames-Side Studios Viewing Room: Mary Macken Allen (6 July-11 Aug 2019)

Thames-Side Studios Viewing Room

Mary Macken Allen, Strange Dwellings
Exhibition Dates: 6 July-11 August 2019

Strange Dwellings brings together a recent body of paintings by Mary Macken Allen which touch upon ideas of the domestic through painterly figuration. Often working from a combination of photographs, film stills and images from interior decorating magazines, the paintings combine flat, blank objects with sensitively painted figures that drift in and out of their environment. At once strange and familiar, this environment too has an unsteady feeling - alternately protecting and infecting the characters that inhabit it. Anonymous hands reach out, but whether it’s to comfort or to haunt is unclear. Here, the mundane and the surreal are interwoven - evoking a mysterious and dreamlike world where nothing is quite as it seems.

Mary Macken Allen graduated with a BA in Fine Art: Painting from Wimbledon College of Art in 2015. In the same year she was awarded a six month residency at Husk Coffee and Creative Space, where she held her first solo show in 2016. She has exhibited in such group shows as A Perspective on Female Portraiture, The Old Post Office, 2014; Modern Discomfort, Stour Space, 2018; and I see myself there where I am not, Safehouse, 2018. Mary Macken Allen is based in Unit 8, Studio TB-256. For more on Mary's work visit

Images: Mary Macken Allen, Listener; The Lonely Ones; Nothing Continues to Happen, all works oil and emulsion on canvas, courtesy the artist, 2019.

Thames-Side Studios Viewing Room is located on the ground floor of Unit 8.

Entrance to Unit 8 is via The Atrium. Turn left upon entering the main site, walk through The Atrium turning to the left, to find the exhibition located between studios TB-10 and TB-09. For more information email

Viewing Room, Unit 8
Thames-Side Studios
Harrington Way, Warspite Road
Royal Borough of Greenwich
London SE18 5NR