Allison Schulnik

Big Monkey Head


Within thickly sculpted oil paint, Allison Schulnik presents moments that mix historical fact with blatant fiction. Majestic dramas and compositions embody the spirit of the macabre in a Shakespearian brand of love, death and farce providing the viewer with a haunting sense of foreboding combined with compassion and expectation. Referencing historical portraiture, Schulnik paints solitary figures, presciently focusing upon the subject’s gaze. In so doing Schulnik creates an unforgettable, fundamental aura of apprehension, revealing an inner sense of understanding and compassion for her troupe of cast-offs.

In many instances Schulnik draws from film, music and a contemporary sense of the gothic. Her heroes are culled from a mix of reality and imagination, and subsequently elevated into the realm of painting. Engulfed in layers of gloopy paint, Schulnik’s characters -the otherworldly hobo clowns, misshapen animals, and alien beasts- are each built upon a human frame, resulting in an awkward and surprising earthliness. In line with our contemporary understanding of tragedy, the protagonists appear both admirable and flawed. We are able to understand and empathize with them whether they are occupied with strange buffoonery or presented in a simple, dignified moment.

Schulnik received her BFA in Experimental Animation at the California Institute of Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited internationally at venues including Rokeby, London and Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.  Schulnik was included in the 3rd Annual LA Weekly Biennial curated by Doug Harvey and was recently included in Art Review’s Future Greats issue in “Ones to Watch”.


Allison Schulnik

Born 1978, San Diego, CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

2000    BFA, Experimental Animation, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

Solo Exhibitions
2010           Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                 Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

2009           Go West, 1/9 Unosunove Arte Contemporanea, Rome, Italy

Go West, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Mark Moore Gallery booth, New York, NY

2008           No Luck Too, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

2007           Fools, Rejects and Sanctuaries, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

                 No Luck, Rokeby Gallery, London, UK 

Group Exhibitions

Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY

Holy Destruction, Polad-Hardouin, Paris, France

Psychic Hearts, Harris Art Gallery, University of La Verne, Los Angeles, CA

Single Channels: Animations, Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago, IL

Jeff Zilm & Allison Schulnik, Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, TX

Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

Whaddaya Wanna Be a Flower?, Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY

Wild Exaggeration: The Grotesque Body in Contemporary Art, Hafia Museum of Art, Hafia, Israel

Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada

NewNow • Building the Museum Collection exhibition at the Nerman Museum, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Sleights of Hand, Sam Francis Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Five Year Anniversary Show, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY


Artissima Contemporary Art Fair, 1/9 Unosunove Arte Contemporanea booth, Turin, Italy

HangART-7: Edition: Los Angeles, Hangar-7, Salzburg, Austria, curated by Hubert Schmalix and Lioba Reddeker

Warm, Red, Salt and Wet, 31 Grand, New York, NY

Bluemen/Flowers, Galerie Huebner, Frankfurt, Germany

The Unruly and the Humorous, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Mark Moore Gallery booth, New York, NY

Romancing the Skull, Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

A Loaf of Bread, A Carton of Milk, and a Stick of Butter, Hudson Franklin, NY


Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Mark Moore Gallery booth, London, UK

Some Paintings: The Third (2007) LA Weekly Annual Biennial, curated by Doug Harvey, Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Mark Moore Gallery booth, New York, NY

Art Chicago, Mark Moore Gallery booth, Chicago, IL

Galerie Brunnhofer, Linz, Austria

Incognito 2007, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA


Mark Moore Gallery Presents, Rokeby Gallery, London, UK

Benefit Auction, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Art in Embassies Exhibition, US Embassy Residence, Belmopan, Belize


Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, Mark Moore Gallery, Miami, FL

Project Room, Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Honeymoon with Romeo, Groeflin Maag Galerie, Basel, Switzerland

The Armory Show, Black Dragon Society booth, New York, NY

Group, Carl Berg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

Epic, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY    

Incognito 2005, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Horses #6, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles, CA      

Amfar 2×2 Benefit for Aids and Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX                         


The Gentle Artists Show, FIG Gallery, Austin, TX

Fear and Desire, Ave 50 Studio, Highland Park, CA

Resolutions, Melrose Lightspace, Hollywood, CA


San Diego Art Association 45th Annual International Exhibition, San Diego, CA

Laguna Niguel Juried Exhibition, Laguna Niguel, CA

The One Second Film, Exhibition, Frame #3 Director, CalArts Main Gallery, CA

Three Painters, CalArts Tatum Gallery, Valencia, CA

Public Collections
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA

Laguna Beach Art Museum, CA


2008           Hobo Clown, NTSC color DVD, stop-motion claymation animated film 

2000           Pistachio, 16mm, stop-motion animated film

1999           Vedma, 16mm, stop-motion animated film 

1997          The Slaying, 16mm live-action/stop-motion animated film

Enright, Robert, “Brilliant Rejects: An Interview with Allison Schulnik,” Border Crossings

Magazine, Issue #111, September, 2009.

Christian, Ryan. “Interview with Allison Schulnik,” FecalFace.com, August 26, 2009.

Davidow, Audrey. “Mini Spree”, Angeleno Interiors, Spring 2009, pp.77-81

“Review: Allison Schulnik/Artists Anonymous”, Exhibart.com, May 8, 2009.


Rosenberg, Karen. “Toplessness and Taxidermy in a Bottoming Market”, New York Times, March 7, 2009, p. C1, 5

Bors, Chris. “Chins Up on Day One of Pulse”, Artinfo.com, March 5, 2009,


Ayers, Robert. “Scope Finds Its Comic Side”, Artinfo.com, March 4, 2009,


Harari, Sara. “Icing-Inspired Paintings: Allison Schulnik’s Unusually Thickly Painted Canvases”,

Trendhunter Magazine, February 27, 2009, http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/allison-schulnik

Maine, Stephen. “Allison Schulnik: Mike Weiss”, Art in America, March 2009

Gonzalez, Rita, “Juror’s Pick”, New American Paintings 79, volume 13, issue 6, December 2008/January 2009, p. 10, pp.144-147

Zampetti, Chiara, “La carica dei trentenni”, Domenica, N. 303, 2 November 2008, p.42

Simmons, Andrew M., “Allison Schulnik @ Mike Weiss Gallery”, Whitehot Magazine, October 2008, http://whitehotmagazine.com/whitehot_articles.cfm?id=1612

Bors, Christopher, “Jennifer Coates in New York”, Artinfo.com, September 25 2008,


Wagley, Catherine, “Don’t Take it Too Seriously”, ArtSlant, September 22, 2008,


Neumüller, Fritz, “Pazifikküstenkunst kommt an die Salzach”, Kurie, 20 September 2008 

“Kunst aus dem Vulkan – Los Angeles”, orf.at, September 20, 2008 

“HangArt-7 widmet sich dem L.A.Potential”, GMX.net, September 19, 2008

“Junge Kunst aus Los Angeles bie HangArt-7”, Kleine Zeitung, September 19, 2008

“Indiciduell wie alle”, Salburger Nachrichter, August 20, 2008

DeNorch, Dan. “First Week in September”, ArtCal Zine, September 3, 2008,


“Kunst aus Staub”, Salzburger Nachrichten, Stadt und Land, August 21, 2008

“Future Greats: Ones to Watch”, ArtReview, March 2008

Knight, Christopher.  “It’s Alive! With wit and diversity”, Los Angeles Times, Friday, January 25, 2008, p. E26 

Harvey, Doug.  “Some Paintings: Artists in the Third LA Weekly Annual Biennial”, LA Weekly, vol. 30/ no. 8, Jan 11-17, 2008, pp. 30- 33, 48

Knight, Christopher. “45 Painters Under 45”, Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2007

Knight, Christopher. “Five artists who help make the scene in LA”, Los Angeles Times,

December 2, 2007 

“Highlights at Zoo Art Fair 2007, London”, Saatchi Daily Magazine, December, 2007

“Debut: Allison Schulnik at Rokeby, London”, Saatchi Daily Magazine, July, 2007

“Painting”, Re-title.com newsletter, July 2007 

Potts, Rachel. “Forward Motion: Previews”, Garageland, Spring 2007, pp. 66-67

“Around the Galleries: Gobs Create Romantic Themes”, Los Angeles Times, 23 March 2007

Kahlenberg, Sara. “A Painter’s Painter”, ArtSlant, 17 February 2007,


Domino Magazine, March, 2006 

New American Paintings, Pacific Coast Edition, Vol.55, 2005 


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