Ambrosine Allen

Ambrosine Allen’s Compendium to the New World is an ever expanding series of intricate collages – meticulously created using layer upon layer of tiny paper cuttings. The subjects are landscapes, often epic in scope but with a detailed aesthetic that references 17th and 18th century engravings of a geographical nature. Each piece often takes several months to complete.

Simultaneously fantastical and real, beautiful yet troubling, the collages depict a world in turmoil: landscapes of altered ecosystems that are subject to bizarre natural phenomena. Ruins sit strewn amongst unfamiliar geology, the sea invades the land as the land shifts, the sky broods and terrifying storms roll in. Informed by the science, myths and history of humanity’s interaction with the environment, the series presents us with a ‘new world’ – an alternative evolution that shadows our own, but is violently shaped by the power and majesty of nature and the self destructive force of mankind.

Recently exhibited at London Art Fair 2016:


2004 - 2005 MA Fine Art: Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art

2000 - 2003 BA Fine Art: Drawing, Lancaster University


2012 Solo Show, ROOM Artspace, London


2015 The Tragedy of Landscape, Griffin Gallery (curated by Antlers Gallery), London

2014 All Visual Arts Collection, 1 Horse Guards Avenue, London

2013 Group Exhibition, All Visual Arts at 2 Omega Place, London

2013 The Viewing Room, No.1 Marylebone, London

2012 Metamorphosis: The Transformation of Being, 33 Portland Place, London

2012 Collaborators 3, ROOM Artspace, London

2012 Compendium to the New World, ROOM Artspace, London

2011 The Lie of the Land, ASC Gallery, London

2011 Streatham Arts Festival, ASC London

2011 Through Hills and Valleys, Bristol Drawing School, Bristol

2010 An Academy of Investigations, Madame Lillie’s, London

2010 Salon, Galerie Fur Zeichnung (Drawing Gallery), Berlin

2009 Anonyme Zeichner, Kunstrum Kreuzberg, Berlin

2009 The Drawing Factory, ASC London

2009 Life in the City, WAW, London

2008 Subversive Correspondance, Willesden Green Gallery, London

2008 The Drawing Factory, The Crypt, London

2008 Arts Unwrapped, ASC, London

2007 Konstnarhuset Video Weekend, Stockholm

2006 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Gallery, London

2006 The Ada Street Project, London

2005 The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, Wimbledon School of Art, London

2005 Instrumental, Space 44, Fish Island, London

2005 Cannizaro Park Sculpture Train, London

2005 Drawing on Collaboration, Centre for Drawing, London


2016 London Art Fair 2016: Art Projects, Antlers Gallery, London

2014 Art 14, All Visual Arts London

2011 Volta 7, ROOM Artspace, Basel

2010 Liste Art Fair, Basel


2012 Generation Next, Quintessentially Magazine

2007 UDP Residency Award, in Association with 30 Thornhill Road, London

2005 Jerwood Drawing Prize, Finalist

2004 Prizewinner, The Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon School of Art

2003 Prizewinner, Northern Arts Undergraduate Award


2014 Finding Your Identity project for Arts Emergency

2008 – 2010 Artists in Schools

2007 Residency, UDP Architects, London

2007 Graduate Advisor for Axis MAstars


2013 Flaunt Magazine, The Fabrication Issue

2012 YBA Spirit, Quintessentially Magazine

2012 Book Arts No.71

2011 W.I.R.E Ideas, Facts and Fictions

2007 World Making and Fictional Landscapes, Dialogue,


All Visual Arts, London