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Sugar and Spice

chaotic confectionery is easy on the eyes, heavy on the teeth...

Sugar and Spice
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Her mixed-media creations are a bit like a packet of Dolly Mixtures that have been left in the glove compartment all summer, incongruous ingredients fusing together to form chaotic clustered bon-bons...

Allison Renshaw
The Blue Side, 2011,
48″ x 48″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Welcome to the bonkers Wonka world of Allison Renshaw, who is currently exhibiting a collection of work under the umbrella title Better Than Candy which shares the sweet, sickly and sharp flavours and vivid colours found in the factory of Dahl’s homicidal eccentric. Her mixed-media creations are a bit like a packet of Dolly Mixtures that have been left in the glove compartment all summer, incongruous ingredients fusing together to form chaotic clustered bon-bons.

Renshaw, a native southern Californian, has taken her sweet things up north to Mirus Gallery, San Francisco – 20 pieces spanning 2009 to the present have made the trip, and their combination of the everyday and the psychedelic expertly intertwined will have gallery visitors tilting their heads this way and that to take it all in. Those with a taste for the abstract have until 6th April to sample the fruits of Renshaw’s fertile imagination.

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Untitled, 2012,
32″ x 24″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Tiny Little Sparks, 2009,
56″ x 48″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Spoon Fed, 2011,
17″ x 11″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Better than Candy, 2012,
acrylic, ink, college, oil, spray paint on panel,
22.5″ x 30″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Pink Freeze, 2011,
17″ x 11″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Pervette, 2009,
acrylic, collage, spray paint, oil on panel,
48″ x 96″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

Allison Renshaw, Better Than Candy

Allison Renshaw
Ace, 2012,
acrylic, collage, ink, spray paint on panel,
48″ x 40″
courtesy Mirus Gallery

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