Initially trained in graphic design, Allen-Waters is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist working mainly with sculptural and light forms. He was a founding member of the artist-run initiative Shepard and Newman collective based in Darlinghurst in the 80s. Allen-Waters’ low-voltage sculptural lamps, one of which was exhibited in Perspecta ’91, received global attention. He has exhibited in both independent and major galleries including Roslyn Oxley. His work is in a number of private collections and the National Gallery of Australia. Allen-Waters has worked with MAP projects and is now co-owner and co-director of artist-run initiative The SLAB in the Blue Mountains.
Allen-Waters’ work cross-references metaphor and allegory in art, science, architecture and design. Driven by techno-aestheticism, the main focus of his work is sculptural lighting. The one-off sculptural pieces document a provocative exploration of possibilities and contradictions in form and function. Inspired by the sciences and a lifetime obsession for reverse engineering old and new technologies he uses found objects to inform sculptural and design experiments exploring the physics of light.