Craig Allen's collections run the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism - each one a reflection of its creator's unique vision. He is most well-known for his Populus series, which drew inspiration from a balcony overlooking Orange Beach, Alabama, where patrons enjoying a wedding party seemed to form the shape of an eye where they stood. Craig explains, "Inspiration begins with a 'What if...' as I consider alternate imagery, surfaces, effects, results, etc. It comes from the past in conjunction with now. Like a bolt of lightning." Since the epiphany, his Populus series is now home to dozens of celebrities and icons of all ages including: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Freddie Mercury, James Bond, James Dean, John Lennon, Audrey Hepburn, and many others.
Born in Southern California and raised in the Atlanta area, Craig first recognized his creative drive via crayons on his parents' walls, like many inspired young artists. By the age of seven, his capacity for detailed visual interpretation became undeniable. Craig continued to develop technically and conceptually through his own diligent studies while always planning to pursue a formal art education. To help sustain his education, he found financial support and enjoyment in driving to New Orleans on weekends where he created portraits for passersby on the streets. This endeavor helped him perfect his flair for replicating the human figure and afforded the budding artist a sense of economic autonomy.