Allen was born and raised in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and started painting in oils at the age of 16. After high school he completed a 3-year graphic design course at college and worked in the print and graphic design industry until 1989 when he emmigrated to South Africa.For several years Allen owned and operated printing and manufacturing businesses in South Africa before he began painting and exhibiting fulltime. At this time Allen began to document and paint African people in their rural environments. Allen emmigrated for a third time in 2000 – this time to Canada, eventually settling in Gatineau (Quebec). He continued to paint African people for a few years, traveling back and forth to South Africa to exhibit paintings with galleries there and to travel into the rural areas of Southern Africa to gather photographic material. Over the years Allens’ work has changed from a documentary style realism to his current surreal realist approach using himself and his children as subject matter set in unusual environments. Allen is a self – taught painter and paints from his studio in Gatineau, Canada.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Allen Egan