b. Houston, Texas
lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
Allen began his training early with his artist father Harrison Allen. He received a BFA at Texas State University in San Marcos and later he continued studying at Parson’s School of Design in New York City. He opened his first studio in an artist co-op where he had his first shows at the gallery ‘Designer’ Space’ in Austin, Texas. Painting soon became an obsession for him.
In the late 80’s, Mark moved to Los Angeles and studied further at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He started using typography in his paintings and exploring scale with billboard size canvases. He served as Vice President of development in the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Los Angeles Chapter. He traveled to Europe in the early 1990’s to see the great art at world class museums such as the Tate in London, The Centre Pompidou and Louvre in Paris and the Van Gogh
Museum in Amsterdam.
Upon returning, Allen began creating art work on a daily basis. He rented an apartment in New York City and went back and forth from West coast to East coast eventually establishing himself with several galleries, including the Goldstrom Gallery at 560 Broadway in Soho. He also showed in the front windows of the Rockefeller Center on two occasions.
His paintings are in many notable collections. He has been an invited lecturer and portfolio reviewer at Cal State Universities and at Art Center College of Design in Southern California. His alma mater, Texas State University, featured his work in the publication "The Article" in 1998. He has been involved with college internship programs and has employed students from colleges throughout the U.S. and London.