James Allen creates unique book excavations that transform books into sculptures filled with word and image-rich pieces.

Allen's careful carving of a discarded vintage book

Allen’s careful carving of a discarded vintage book

Oregon Art Beat

James starts with a discarded vintage book, often found at one of Portland’s used book stores, then cuts carefully through layers of illustrations and images to create a multi-faceted display. He combines words and images to allow a story to emerge from inside the book.


Each finished piece displays in a handmade shadowbox frame, produced by Allen. 

Working on intricate designs outside in Portland.

Working on intricate designs outside in Portland.

Oregon Art Beat

Producer: Katrina Sarson, Videographers: Greg Bond, Nick Fisher, Audio: Randy Layton, Ted Cutler

Special Thanks to: PDX Contemporary Art, 23 Sandy Gallery

More Information

Website: James Allen Studio
Website: PDX Contemporary Art
Website: 23 Sandy Gallery