Philip Allen is a painter who sometimes refers to himself as a third generation Abstract Expressionist, though his work is not a prisoner of that or any other style. He has been a serious student of painting from all periods for over fifty years including the work of living artists, and occasionally writes about them. He has shown widely in New York and Europe. He grew up in a politically active home with an artist father who did politically themed photo montages late in his painting career. He studied drawing and painting at the Art Student's League and The New York Studio School. He's been a guest lecturer at RISD, Mass College of Art, Amherst College and other places that slip his mind at the moment. He taught painting at SFMA/Boston,and painting and materials uses in the Fine Arts department of Parsons school of design for a decade. For the past twenty years he has been an adjunct at New York City College of Technology, part of the CUNY system. He was also a guitar student of the great Reverend Gary Davis and plays out on rare occasions.