Allen Egan explores and exploits the human form in great detail. He has chosen to paint the people of rural South Africa as he enjoys subtly depicting the obvious hardships of rural lifestyles. He believes these hardships can be seen in the hands and faces of rural people. There is a texture to the lives of country people, which Allen finds fascinating most probably a result of the fact that it is a lifestyle and culture different to his and to that of many other South Africans. Although rural lifestyles have been recorded photographically, Allen believes that this subject matter has not been well recorded - certainly on a contemporary level - from an artist’s point of view.