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To The Beat, 2019, iPad painting animated film 4:11 minutes


Allistair Covell explores colour and pattern creating vibrant, rhythmic abstract patterns, inspired by his ‘synaesthesic’ responses to sound.

Synaesthesia is a phenomenon where one sensory experience prompts another, affecting people in different ways. For Allistair it is the ability to ‘hear’ colour – making music appear as an ever-changing audio-visual landscape.

To The Beat is a film charting the progress of an iPad painting. Created whilst listening and responding to the song by Madonna, the film starts and ends with white; showing the ephemeral nature of a digital drawing that exists only in the moment.

Allistair Covell

Allistair Covell graduated from the University of the Arts London with a BA (Hons) in Surface Design and holds a Foundation Degree with Distinction from the University of Bedfordshire. Since 2017 he has been an invited member of Design-Nation.

2014: Covell won the Best Young Designer Award at the 9th Carpet Design Awards at Domotex Hannover in Germany.

2015: Covell received royal recognition from HRH The Prince of Wales when his textile artwork Digital Stitch was acquired by the National Wool Museum in Wales.

2019: Covell’s first major solo exhibition Canvas To Carpet, Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City



Instagram/Twitter: @allistaircovell

Hertfordshire Open 2020

This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between and and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.

Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.

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