New Zealand-born Matthew Allen completed both his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Visual Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. He moved to Amsterdam with his girlfriend to experience life in Europe. Allen creates minimalist works characterised by subtle gradients of tone. Absent of any formal composition, the paintings are an exploration into the fundamental components that make up a painting, the pure materiality of paint on canvas. In his own words, the works create an “atmospheric pictorial space which somehow seems larger than the physical boundaries of the painting”.