(born 20 October 1951
in Charleville, Queensland
), is an Australian painter
, film maker
Allen studied under Betty Churcher
at the Stuartholme School
(1965–69) and later under Roy Churcher (Betty Churcher's husband) at Brisbane Central Technical College
. She won the Archibald Prize
in 1986 for her portrait of her father-in-law Dr John Shera (My father-in-law watering his garden
). Allen has written and illustrated two books (What Is a Portrait — Images of Vicki Myers
ISBN 9781875505029, and The Autobiography of Vicki Myers — Close to the Bone
ISBN 9780731802074), and has created a 50 minute film, Feeling Sexy
(1999), on the struggles of an artist attempting to reconcile the conflicting demands of bohemia and suburbia. At the 1999 Film Critics Circle of Australia
Awards, she was nominated for the award for "Best Direction" for that film and she won the "Best Original Screenplay" award. The film was also invited to the the Venice Film Festival
She frequently confronts the themes of family and sexuality; regarding the latter she has said: "if we are truly feminist in the fullest sense of the word, we shouldn’t have felt we had to lock it away or be really careful about it. We should be chauvinist in our womanhood. Allen is represented in most major public collections in Australia.
- Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane, in 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985 and 1986.
- Australian Galleries, Sydney, in 1993, 1996, 2001
- Philp Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2008
- D'un autre continent: l'Australie le rêve er le réel, curated by Suzanne Page/Leon Paroissien, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Shown internationally in Vienna, Texas and Venice.
- An international survey of recent painting and sculpture, curated by Kynaston McShone, Museum of Modern Art, New York City
- Davida Allen, curated by Anne Kirker, National Art Gallery of New Zealand. Touring to four other New Zealand museums.
- Painters and sculptors, curated by Michael Sourgnes, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane. Travelling to Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama, Japan.
- ROSC, ann International Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland