NEW YORK, NY
55 Delancey Street
New York, NY 10002
As one of the first Galleries to populate the Lower East Side and the first one to open on Delancey Street, James Fuentes Gallery was at the forefront of a wave of Artists and Dealers who put the neighborhood on the map as New York City’s newest, and arguably most dynamic, Art District. Like many of the dealers who’ve migrated downtown, Fuentes has used the opportunity to grow emerging and under-appreciated Artists who Fuentes describes as those who would create work regardless of the market. Amalia Ulman, painter Benjamin Senior, and art-rock-band members Lizzi Bougatsos and Brian Degraw are a few of the young artists represented by the gallery. Alison Knowles, Jonas Mekas, and Richard Nonas are a few of the renowned older Artists Fuentes reintroduced to the New York Art World.
John Mcallister (b. 1973 in Slidell, LA,) received his BFA from University of Texas Austin (1999) and his MFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2007). Unabashedly evoking the bold lines and radiant color washes of Post-Impressionist artists such as Henri Matisse and George Braque, the landscapes and still life compositions of American painter John McAllister appear like looking through a window. Rendering scenes of nature, interiors and still arrangements McAllister layers his imagery with wallpaper-like patterns, placing square scenes like photographs on bright stripes, triangles, foliage and dizzying optical repetitions. Using color as a provocation, McAllister clashes his blazing palette with a determined intensity—jarring neon oranges and hot pinks overlap deep navy blues and purples, resulting in a body of work that encourages the viewer to “luxuriate in their experience of the medium.”
McAllister has had Solo Exhibitions at Hagiwara Projects, Tokyo, Japan; James Fuentes, New York; and Ribory Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland. His work is featured in numerous Private and Public Collections. Mcallister lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.