New Zealand, 1981. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
The minimalist practice of New Zealand born painter Matthew Allen revolves around materiality in its purest form. For Allen, the meaning is in the making, which in the artist’s own words is “a form of understanding and coming closer to the ‘stuff’ of the world”. This focus on the process and the material results in works that are strangely atmospheric in their minimalism, and almost universal in their reach. "I don't paint to be expressive, but rather to bring to expression”, Allen says. "What I mean by that is I am not looking to express a certain feeling and pass that on to the viewer, I see the paintings as offering a space for repose where the viewer can explore their own response to the work.”