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Lived/Active: California / United Kingdom      Known for: realist figure, genre, landscape painting (earlier abstracts), design

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
A motion picture designer, who worked and painted with Emil Kosa, Clem Hall, George Gibson, Johnny Beckman, and others, he worked in the field for thirty-six years, beginning in 1964.  Also a painter of large abstracts for many years, he switched to Realism in 1985, capturing images of people and places in their private and public lives.

McAllister was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 15, 1935.  He is said to have started painting in oil at the age of six, receiving his first commission for a portrait at age nine, in 1944.  According to the artist, he made enough money to buy two race horses by the age of eleven.

Served as an apprentice to Pittsburgh sculptor Fran Vittor.
In 1946, he was enrolled in a special course for painters at Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh.
Attended Trinity College in Oxford, England, and received a BFA from Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.

After leaving the motion picture business, he was Artist In Residence at St. Catherine's Court in Bath, England from December 2000 to December 2003.  He gives lectures and conducts creative, style forming, workshops.

Selected Exhibitions:
2000  21st Venice Art Walk Silent Art Auction. His painting, Hussong's In Neon, sold at that exhibition
1998  Galleria Prova, Tokyo
1993  Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia
1993  Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
1993  D'Art Museum, Dallas, Texas
1994  Novaspace. "Mapping the Jungle"
1997  American Watercolor Society
1998  National Watercolor Society
1994-1997  Watercolor West - XXVI - 1994, XXVII - 1995, XXVIII - 1996, XXIX - 1997
Brand XVI - 1986, Brand XXI - 1991 (Mr. McAllister was the juror of selection and awards - Brand XXX - 2000)
Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors - 15th Annual - 1996, 19th Annual - 2000
1993  Two Art of California Discovery Program Awards
1986  Pittsburgh Watercolor Society - Aqueous Open '
1986  San Diego International
Louisiana Watercolor Society, 44th Annual International Exhibit
Texas Watercolor Society, 44th Annual International Exhibition
Georgia Watercolor Society, XIV National Exhibition
1996  Northwest Watercolor Society, 56th Annual Exhibition
Patchings 2001, Nottinghamshire. His painting, Taming The Catherine Wheel won the Pluss Award
The Singer & Friedlander/ Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2001, The Mall Gallery, London

Selected Awards and Honors:
The Home Savings of America First Place Award
The Ruth Rosenau Silver Medallion and The Pulsifer Award
Winner of the Second Award at watercolor West International Exhibit
Won the Louisiana Watercolor Society Award & Silver Medallion
Winner of the Past Presidents Award at the Northwest Watercolor International Exhibition
Winner of the Award of the Philadelphia Watercolor Club
Won the Pittsburgh Watercolor Society Award
Selected for the National Watercolor Societies National Travel Exhibition 1999-2000
Selected for the Texas Watercolor Society Travel Exhibition
Selected for the 1993 Georgia Watercolor Society National Touring Exhibit
Winner of the Savoir Faire - Lana Paper Award at the Muckenthaler Art Center
The Carter Sexton Award
The Pluss Award at the Patchings Show, 2001, Nottingham
Second Place Award in Leisure Painter's a Place in the Sun Postcard Competition, 2002

Selected publications:
Featured in Esquire Magazine, November 1992, in the "Man At His Best" column by Phil Patton
Work was published in Splash 3, "America's Best Contemporary Watercolors" in September of 1994, Splash 4 in 1996, Splash 5 in 1998 and Splash 7 in April of 2002.
A feature article, "Painting The Darkness", was published in the American Artist Publication Watercolor - Premier Summer 95 Issue
A painting of his was featured on the cover of the Carmel Gallery Guide, Spring - 1995
Another of his paintings was printed on the cover of the Daler-Rowney's publication, The Art Paper, in England and a whole page of The Art Paper featured Mr. McAllister's work in the Summer 2002 issue
Two more paintings were included in Quarto Publications book, Watercolour: 2 Books in 1. Feb. 2000
An award winning work of his was published in The Artist, the September 2001 issue of this English magazine
The Artist published an In Conversation With... interview with Mr. McAllister in March 2002,  featuring five works.
Leisure Painter Magazine, December 2002 published winning painting for "A Place In the Sun" competition
An article by Mr. McAllister in Artist & Illustrators in March 2003 and previewed in the Feb '03 issue

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