Rich Allen describes himself as “a London Brit by birth, and an Australian by choice!” He studied painting and drawing for five years, and is a graduate from the Central [now Central St Martins School of Art], in London.
Migrating to Brisbane in 1982, Rich practiced as a graphic designer, and corporate identity specialist [a service he defines as one of “differentiation by design”]. Following a great deal of soul searching, fuelled by a desire for personal re-invention, he returned to his fine art on a full time basis in late 2009.
Working with the single-minded theme of INTIMISM [capturing quiet/fleeting moments], and driven by process, Rich’s approach is organized and measured, with all his time recorded. He recently accrued 17500 hours, and has calculated and charted the various dates during which he believes “brief spells of progress” have been achieved.
Since August 2018, Rich has been refining and delivering a presentation, with an accompanying display of pictures and related supporting material. It is titled: “talking in whispers in pursuit of mastery”.
A highlight, has been a five week exercise located in the auditorium of the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. This work has been carried out as a contributor to the AIA’s Continuing Professional Development programme, and is currently being provided on a continuing basis, with Rich visiting architecture practices.
In addition, and with the aid of his “PopUp” display, Rich is presenting to groups within other professional services and the tertiary education sector.
Rich’s presentation, which is divided into a number of segments he has titled: “nine bites”, verbalizes and visualizes his journey from the outset. He states: I believe that mywork is simply about a disciplined pursuit towards some sort of mastery. Embracing and enjoying plateaus of pure practice are paramount to the process”.