Allison Schulnik, ‘Misfits (Porcelain)’, 2007, Mark Moore Fine Art

Recent auction comps include:

• Phillips New York: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 [Lot 00216] - 12 x 12 inch painting sold for $6875. USD

• Leslie Hindman Auctioneers: Thursday, May 15, 2014 [Lot 00059] - 18 x 14 inch painting sold for $7500.

Series: Allison Schulnik’s (American, b. 1978) strange, agitated paintings reflect her background in animation, but privilege the sculptural aspect of paint through their densely impastoed surfaces. Her gothic, figurative works, such as a bizarre and mesmeric still-life with flowers – a classic symbol of the fleetingness of life – suggest the more sinister and foreboding aspects of contemporary life. Schulnik choreographs her subjects in compositions that embody a spirit of the macabre, a Shakespearian comedy/tragedy of love, death and farce. The subjects of her paintings often stare back at the audience and study them as they are in turn studied. Although a haunting sense of foreboding, discomfort and unease is palpable, a sense of understanding, compassion and hopefulness for her cast of characters is still evident in the heavy impasto paintings. Her sculptural use of oil paint references her clay-animation background, as a motion-like sensibility affords her paintings unparalleled depth and energy. Art Critic Christian Viveros-Fauné of The Village Voice wrote of this work in that exhibition, "Schulnik is a painter who daubs so thickly that her works look like experiments in cake frosting, her slathering prove convincing nods to James Ensor freakishness while staking a significant claim to gorgeous, truly weird, Generation X phantasmagoria."

Signature: Verso

Private Collection, Los Angeles

About Allison Schulnik

The recurring figures in the work of Allison Schulnik commonly include a cast of “hobo clowns, misshapen animals or alien beasts,” as she describes. The multi-disciplinary artist, who has a background in animation, music, and dance, explains: “My fixation on these characters is not intended to exploit deficiencies, but to find valor in adversity.” These individuals have various manifestations, including animated films and painted works, and once as 100 hand-sculpted and sewn puppets. Her subjects occupy dark and morose settings of fecund landscapes or ambiguously ominous backgrounds. Her renderings are sometimes explicit and graphic, though more often critics describe her work as comic and sad all at once.

American, b. 1978, San Diego, California, based in Los Angeles, California

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