Supernova, 2022

by Christina Allan

Painting : acrylic

106.7 x 96.5 x 2 cm 42 x 38 x 0.8 inch


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Painting: acrylic

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106.7 x 96.5 x 2 cm 42 x 38 x 0.8 inch Height x Width x Depth


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Artwork location: United States

Notes: Hand Signed on Verso. Exhibited at Lorin Gallery apart of the artists solo show, 'Hot Wheels'.

Born in Toronto in 1995, Christina Allan draws her creative energy from the intricate web of individual and collective anxieties that enshroud the human condition, the human psyche, self-identity, and our relationship with the world. Her distinctive body of work is distinguished by highly expressive and vivid paintings, which delve into profound facets of the human experience, including the timeless existential struggle.

From dramatic mythological narratives to introspective portraits that delve into the depths of the human psyche, Allan's art populates a realm teeming with fantastical beings set against dream-like natural landscapes. Much like the ancient mythological deities who provided answers to the mysteries of a seemingly meaningless world and universe, Allan's paintings offer an intermediary space and state—a respite from the absurdities of our daily lives. She perceives her subconscious as the guiding force behind her creative process and regards her work as an essential channel for confronting deep-seated ideas about her own existence.

In 2017, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from Parsons the New School for Design, an achievement recognized with the institution's prestigious Dean's BFA Scholarship. Her paintings have found their way into private collections across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Christina Allan currently resides and creates in her hometown of Toronto, Canada.

Her fantastical canvases draw inspiration from a rich tapestry of philosophical concepts, including existentialist philosophies, and the mythologies of ancient civilizations. Her latest series, inspired by her personal transformations during the pandemic, unveils dream-like tableaus of otherworldly escapades traversing enigmatic natural landscapes. Within these works, she presents humanistic depictions of skeletal, reaper-like figures—enduring central motifs in her artistic repertoire—intertwined with symbols of human and material culture.

Each creation pulsates with vibrant energy, blending bold and ethereal spray-painted and airbrushed forms into meticulously crafted compositions that challenge conventional societal roles and beckon viewers to embrace the pursuit of an authentic existence. The skeletal figures embarking on journeys toward newfound freedoms inspire viewers to celebrate the transformative act of departure, whether it be from a career, a relationship, or a lifestyle, all encapsulated in powerful scenes of liberation.
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Known for her highly expressive and fantastical paintings, Christina Allan is fueled by the individual and collective anxieties that surround the human condition, most notably the classic existential struggle.

Born in Toronto, Canada in 1995, Allan received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in painting fromParsons the New School for Design and was awarded the institution’s Dean’s BFAScholarship. Upon graduating in 2017, she remained in New York City for five years, working in the art and design industry while maintaining her artistic practice.

From dramatic mythical scenes to deeply introspective psychological portraits, Allan’s canvases populate a world of creatures and include overt references to fantasy, from angels and deities to Pegasi, spirits, and the Grim Reaper. A blend of abstraction and figuration, her fictional existential narratives take place in a sublime natural realm that is dreamy yet real, mirroring how existence can at times feel like a rigged game or fleeting dream.  

Bold and colorful,Allan’s paintings are executed using a multitude of materials including acrylic and oil paint, spray paint, oil stick, and more. Her process begins with sketching characters and scenes that are brought to life on canvas. She works in a continuous cycle of mark-making that eventually forms vibrant, multi-layered outcomes.

Central to Allan’s practice is her exploration of philosophy and mythology. She is often informed by existentialist ideas of authors including Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, and the mythology of ancient civilizations. She views myths as a representation of a complex and unchanged human experience, and the expression of universal concerns and passions like death, fear, grief, love, and violence. Her work has interpreted ancient Greek legends and figures including Sisyphus, Icarus, Narcissus, among others. Similar to how ancient mythological Gods and God deserved as answers to the mysteries of a meaningless world and universe, Allan’s work presents an in-between space and state – an escape from an absurd quotidian existence. She is interested in authentic emotions, experiences, and philosophical struggles that we experience as humans, including the inability as a finite being to comprehend the infinite (the universe).

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