John McAllister

some rhapsodies radiant


London

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  • , flares serenest clamor, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    218.5 x 165 cm
    86 x 65 in
  • , rapt beaming begun, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    152.4 x 111.8 cm
    60 x 44 in
  • , dawning lush glittery, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    152.4 x 111.8 cm
    60 x 44 in
  • , rustling blooms beaming, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    Ø 119.5 cm
    Ø 47 in
  • , dusk glowing rhapsody, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    Ø 119.5 cm
    Ø 47 in
  • , brilliant glows ruddy, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    119.5 x 89 cm
    47 x 35 in
  • , duskbright gleaming, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    119.5 x 89 cm
    47 x 35 in
  • , effervesce verdant blush, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    119.5 x 89 cm
    47 x 35 in
  • , rose rust mirror dusk, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    119.5 x 89 cm
    47 x 35 in
  • , shimmer await radiate, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    58.4 x 45.7 cm
    23 x 18 in
  • , wilds fluoresce jungly, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    58.4 x 45.7 cm
    23 x 18 in

Press release

Almine Rech is pleased to present some rhapsodies radiant, an exhibition of paintings by American artist John McAllister. This will mark the artist's second solo exhibition with the gallery and will be on view from November 23 until December 18, 2021.

John McAllister will present 11 new works of oil on canvas inspired by his frequent outings into the wilderness of New England, where he lives and works. McAllister’s distinctive palette of neon hues transforms classical pastoral scenes of nature into intense and ecstatic compositions, where dense forest, rolling hills, and sky begin to blend into a single, impressionistic whole. With this, the artist attempts to relay what he describes as the “electric void” experienced in nature, at once characterized by a mesmerizing beauty and terrifying carelessness, which can only ever be simulated through representation as stylized images or feeling.

Through warm and abrasive colors, applied with a splotchy, yet controlled mark-making, the 11 works on display attempt to harness a feeling of rhapsodic immersion: they invite the viewer into the densest depth of landscapes to the point of total absorption, where the haze of one’s periphery begins to blend nature’s shapes and colors. This is accentuated in the two tondos in the exhibition; a classical technique of Renaissance painting, where the absence of edges gives the feeling of the eyes soft focus when daydreaming or lost in thoughts. Regarding McAllister’s paintings is both mesmerizing and soothing; hot and cold, perspective and intimacy are constantly at play to produce psychological effects in the viewer.

– Jeppe Ugelvig, curator and critic