Best of Phoenix

Artist Michael Allen Listens to the Blues

Best of Phoenix hits newsstands today. In conjunction with this year's Vintage Phoenix theme, New Times is collaborating with R. Pela Contemporary Art to present "Hot Plate!" It's an exhibition of one-of-a-kind, Phoenix-inspired commemorative plates made by local artists. Leading up to the show's Oct. 4 opening, we're profiling each of the contributing artists and visiting their studios. Today: Michael Allen.

Artist Michael Allen creates his art through oil, collage, or installation. Much of his inspiration is drawn from music, specifically the blues.