Dave Allen taught visual arts in local schools and the University for around 35 years, where he specialised in arts education, history and inter-disciplinary work. Since retiring from full-time teaching, he has devoted more time to painting, in which he specialised as a student in the early 1970s. He joined the Fire Monkeys in August 2017.
Dave has also been an active musician for the past 50 years and his music and artwork reveal their roots in the 1960s – the titles of the paintings are often taken from songs, and the work is mostly hard-edged abstraction, and mixed-media, although in later years the images also hint at a lifetime spent within walking distance of Southsea seafront, Point, Old Portsmouth and the Camber. They are nonetheless ‘paintings’ rather than ‘paintings of or about (something)’