Alan Rose studied chemical engineering and from this discipline gained an appreciation of the morphogenic, serial nature of molecules, especially polymers.
He then pursued a career in manufacturing, chiefly plastic products of a repetitious form, eg textiles, bubble-wrap, further imprinting these geometric visual images.
All this while he was making art, water colours, wood-carving, welded metal and other media, and in 2006 started a BFA at the National Art School. In his third year he visited South America and discovered a number of artists from the 60s, broadly categorized as kinetic artists, and incorporated these ideas in his practice.
His main addition to the equation was light, of many different types, and in 2013 he started an MA (Design) at UTS, specializing in illumination.