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Allison Renshaw

Allison’s work offers multiple perspectives, discordant vocabularies, and malleable boundaries.  Her art is informed by particles of our urban and natural landscape along with culture found in the everyday.  She is interested in how different “histories” of painting can co-exist in a single image.  This chaotic quality doesn’t always make sense, but it becomes and apt visualization for today’s open-source culture of sampling and recycling.

Allison's mixed media work is made up of fragmented images. These fragments create a universe that is seemingly random and difficult to decipher.  Lines between the organic and man-made become blurred and a larger narrative is evoked.  Fragments acknowledge interpretive ambiguities and open the work to sequences of spatial and temporal lapses.


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Allison Renshaw lives and works in Encinitas, California.


She was born and raised in Orange County and received a BA degree in economics from Pepperdine University in Malibu.  She earned her MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  Her work has been exhibited extensively across the country.  Notable exhibitions have been the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Oceanside Museum of Art, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Quint Gallery, Mirus Gallery, and Techne Art Center.

Allison has taught at Mira Costa College, LUX Art Institute, and was a visiting professor at Sierra Nevada College.  She has been an artist-in-residence at Anderson Ranch Art Center and Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts.

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