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John McAllister, once were wild, 2017, oil on canvas, 72 × 61".

John McAllister

Shane Campbell Gallery | North Harvey Avenue

John McAllister, once were wild, 2017, oil on canvas, 72 × 61".

The ten works (all 2017) that constituted John McAllister’s exhibition “botanic haunting soft-static” were systematically built out of visual vocabularies that bridge the pictorial and the decorative, comprising organic contours and geometric patterns, tonal atmospheres and linear perspectives, thick outlines and full-spectrum transitions, distant horizons and shallow window frames. McAllister calls upon still-life and landscape traditions to host these seemingly contrary structural languages. The influence of modernists such as Henri Matisse, Odilon Redon, Édouard Vuillard, and Gustav Klimt was as distinct as the highlighter quality of the bright pinks and purples that imbued this selection of paintings. This was particularly evident in the canvas hymns hubbub heard, in which a unifying expanse of salmon pigment binds a flat and diagrammatic interior space to a lyrical bouquet

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