Bob Allen

Since my childhood I have had an interest in mechanical devices. When I was a small boy I had the usual Dinky toys and Meccano but then I was given a quantity of Plasticine with which I modeled a world of machines and mechanisms.

When I grew up I studied engineering and this interest in machines developed into wanting to find out how they worked in detail. So I soon became more interested in what was happening underneath the bonnet of the car rather than the shape of the car itself.

The machines and mechanisms in which I am interested are part of everyday objects such as cars, dishwashers, water pumps etc., which we all rely upon, but rarely see. They are designed to fulfill a function but when they go wrong we curse and replace them without a moments thought.

In this series of prints I celebrate these hidden machines by making them into art objects in their own right.