Richard Allen was born in Worcester and studied at the local art school. After National Service in the Far East he enrolled at Bath Academy of Art and was later awarded an artist-in-residence with a fellowship at the University of Sussex. His early works showed the artist’s interest in constructivisim. He used square blocks dipped in wax to stamp regular grids onto paper, with colour occasionally added. His paintings comprised squares divided into a number of smaller squares and divided yet again and rearranged and painted with acrylic and charcoal. This method offered the artist endless variations.