Regina Allen was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1969. She attained her BFA in Painting from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, and her MFA in Painting from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Allen has exhibited widely throughout the country, in solo and group exhibitions. In 2005, Allenís work was featured in New American Paintings, (Issue No. 60).
Allenís bold and seductive paintings blend together various contrary images, from children at play to women, often bound and gagged. These images float above and within brightly colored landscapes, inspired by antique textiles and wallpaper. The result is beautiful and yet unsettling.
She comments on her painting, ďAs I make this work, I'm considering my own roles as mother, artist, homemaker, and wife, and my struggle to balance these many faces in a society with little real support for families. The promises of my own youth - that women could "have it all," including career, family, social life, and upward mobility, seem hollow.... The reality of living in circumstances that are less privileged than my parents is stinging, and the pressure to sacrifice everything for my role as mother and homemaker is overwhelming. I see women all around me struggling with the same issues, trying to keep their identities as sensual, thinking women, while nourishing their families and their careers. These are the pressures and restraints I consider as I make these images.Ē