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B. 1970

Allison Gildersleeve is a painter who reinterprets the genre of landscape through warped perspective, high key color, and closely cropped scenes of nature. Gildersleeve's images of the natural world are far from inert and tranquil, but rather vibrate with dense brush marks. Sources as diverse as botanical designs of 18th century wallpaper and the patterning of street graffiti can be found amidst the organic forms of her natural settings. Vibrant hues reminiscent of the Nabis and Fauvist painters are bound together by a density of marks, varying from the slash of a palette knife to the delicate contour of a fine brush. Through a series of visual contradictions, Allison Gildersleeve's seemingly familiar environments jettison the natural order of things in favor of a space that uses the variability of memory as her only guide.

Gildersleeve received a Masters in Fine Art at Bard College in 2004, and a Bachelor of Arts from College of William and Mary in 1992. Gildersleeve has exhibited widely across the United States and abroad. Notable solo exhibitions include Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, Cynthia Reeves, Walpole NH, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX and Galleri Andersson/Sandstrom, Stockholm, Sweden. Selected group exhibitions include Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, NY, CRG Gallery, New York, NY, Johansson Projects, Oakland, CA, PS122, New York, NY, Sharon Arts Center, NH and Gana Art Space in Seoul, Korea. Gildersleeve has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship in Painting, and residencies at Liquitex Paint International Residency, London, UK, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY, Yaddo, Millay Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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