Douglas Allen is a painter of wildlife and landscapes. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1935. He studied under William James Aylward (Howard Pyle’s pupil) at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts (Newark, NJ) and later with Paul Bransom in Jackson, Wyoming. His work has been influenced by the artists he admires most, including Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, William Robinson Leigh, Carl Rungius, and Frederic Remington.
Allen was an illustrator of big-game animals for magazines and books early in his career. His paintings and drawings have appeared in numerous periodicals, such as Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, and Reader’s Digest. He has illustrated several notable books, including Jack O’Connor’s The Big Game Animals of North America, Clyde Ormond’s The Complete Book of Hunting, and Diego Sada’s Animales y Trofeos de Caza Mayor. Collectively Allen’s illustrations have appeared in more than 35 books.
Allen’s paintings are represented in the collections of The National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), Brandywine River Museum (Chadds Ford, PA), and The Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum (Oradell, NJ), among others.
Having collected the works of N.C. Wyeth for many years, in 1972 Allen co-authored, with his father, the book N.C. Wyeth: The Collected Paintings, Illustrations, and Murals. Additionally, he has written numerous articles about such artists as Carl Rungius, Charles Livingston Bull, Philip R. Goodwin, Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, and A.B. Frost.
Allen is affiliated with J.N. Bartfield Galleries (New York City), Ron Kobli’s Decoys & Wildlife Gallery (Frenchtown, NJ), The National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson Hole, WY), Spanierman Gallery (New York City), Swain Galleries (Plainfield, NJ), and Trailside Galleries (Jackson Hole, WY).