Allen Hansen, born in the 1950’s in a suburb of Los Angeles, is a painter. 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. Hansen earned a BFA from University of California, Irvine. While there, he studied with Craig Kauffman whose attention to materiality greatly influenced him. Kauffman often used the sensuous physical properties of materials as an emphasis for his sculptures and paintings.
Hansen's work has always dealt with “the urge to the sublime,” whether in abstracted landscape or “diagramming the unknowable.” He feels that “the use of the diagram process becomes a source for abstraction and a way of unveiling invisible symmetries.”
Hansen’s work has been shown in numerous solo and group shows across the country, including at the Hampden Gallery at UMASS Amherst, the Sideshow gallery, 5th Annual Governors Island Art Fair, and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center in New York City. His pieces are also included in a number of private collections.