• Born 1955 in Airdrie Scotland
  • Took drawing lessons at Glasgow School of art
  • 1975-1976 St Martins School of Art London
  • 1976-1979 Camberwell school of Art...Bachelor of arts with honors painting. London
  • 1979-1982 Royal Academy Schools London , Royal Academy Schools postgraduate diploma, painting
  • Since 1983 practicing artist and teacher.
  • Taught in Italy for many years, and from 1984-2007 at the European Academy of fine arts in Trier germany.


Numerous articles and publications including catalouge for10 year retrospective at the( Museum Schloss Moyland Germany) 2006 ( A special selection )Gallery Clairefontaine Luxembourg  2007 (Faceless) Museum of art Darmstadt Germany 2009.


 Publications about Joe Allen 

  • Joe Allen. Tracks and Traces. Paintings 1996 – 2006. Hrsg. Museum Schloss Moyland, collection van der Grinten, Joseph Beuys Archive, Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen. Bedburg-Hau 2006.
  • Joe Allen: A special selection. Luxemburg (Galerie Clairefontaine) 2007.
  • Kunsthalle Darmstadt: Joe Allen. Faceless. With Eugène Carrière, John Beard, Jörg Madlener, Joe Allen, Rainer Lind. Exibition Cataloge September 2009 - January 2010, Pages 40 - 51.