Allen Hansen was born in the 50’s in a suburb of Los Angeles. His parents were dedicated, amateur painters. He worked on weekends with his father, a roofer, under the sky with the grid of the suburbs below.
He studied art at University of California, Irvine with Craig Kauffman whose attention to materiality was a strong influence. Craig Kauffman often used the sensuous physical properties of materials as an emphasis for his sculptures and paintings. His work has always dealt with the urge to the sublime wether in abstracted landscape or diagramming the unknowable. The use of the diagram process becomes a source for abstraction and a way of unveiling invisible symmetries.