Allen 'Lem' Humphries

Allen was born in Newcastle, the son of a miner, and brought up in Easington Colliery in County Durham.

After attending Easington Secondary Modern and working in various jobs he went to West Hartlepool College of Art. He gained an A level in art and went on to study Education and Main Course Art at Northumberland College of Education where he qualified with a Certificate in Education and Art.

Allen pursued a career in primary schools, eventually becoming Head Teacher of Welburn County Primary School near York, until he retired in 2003.

After retirement Allen has had more time on his hands to rediscover and enjoy paint and pastel.

Ever since he first visited the Northumberland coast he has been inspired by the combination of sky, sea and historic castles. His home of York also inspires, offering plenty of opportunities for an artist to explore many locations and views. Allen says he is influenced by Turner, Van Gogh and Cezanne, though he doesn’t pretend to be like them in style.

Village gallery in York gave Allen his first ever exhibition in 2018.