Wandering through the caverns of the Miami Art Fairs can allow you to miss what is right in front of you. One of this year’s standouts came from Allison Schulnik, showing with the Mike Weiss Gallery in the Scope Art Fair. Using a Guston-influenced meaty texture and a spontaneous gesture, Schulnik’s paintings reference folklore and fairy tale through the mind of an animator. Her subject matter ranges from cats and skeletons to the still life and hobo clowns, but all rely on an innate gesture that makes them gripping and highly emotive. Her subjects have a intense glare, which reference the greatest of the classic Dutch portraits. Her shows consist of paintings and paper pieces, combined with small ceramic sculptures and beautiful stop motion animated films.
Schulnik received her BFA from CalArts in Experimental Animation in 2000 and since then, she has been named by Art Review as one of their “Future Greats,” and had features in ArtSlant and Whitehot Magazine. In 2007, she had two major solo shows with the Rokeby Gallery in London and the Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, California. In 2009, she is scheduled for two upcoming shows with the Unosunove in Rome and Galerie Huebner in Frankfurt, Germany.