Born 1979, Buffalo, NY
Justin McAllisters photorealistic paintings are as surreal as witnessing an aurora. We see nature in a palette not completely familiar to us, but not so unfamiliar as to be unrecognizable. He depicts the world in a state of turmoil, at the onset of a new ice age. What we see is the remnants of humanity, battling oncoming glaciers and holding on to the last shreds of civilization. The climate shift changes the land into a predator and forces man to adapt to a very existential lifestyle. The threats of nature are so intense that boundaries of gender and comfort are forcibly broken by a feeling of overwhelming awe.