Alissa McKendrick frequently depicts the female figure in her paintings—enigmatic, semi-narrative scenes that unfold against fields of emotive color. The artist’s compositions hover between whimsy and the macabre, merging playful daydreams with nightmares. McKendrick is a fluent colorist, combining a light, painterly touch with fruity, saturated hues to produce a discordant and cutting sweetness.


Alissa McKendrick, born in 1984, attended Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island.

Solo exhibitions of McKendrick’s work have taken place at: de boer in Los Angeles, California; Collaborations in Copenhagen, Denmark; Team Gallery in New York City; and Real Fine Arts in Brooklyn, New York.

Group exhibitions that have shown McKendrick’s work have taken place at: Kaufmann Repetto in Milan, Italy; Galerie Crévecoeur in Paris, France; 68 Projects in Berlin, Germany; White Columns in New York City; Alex Zachary in New York City; Greene Naftali in New York City; Y2K Group in New York City; and Mercy Pictures in Auckland, New Zealand. 

McKendrick’s work has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, Hyperallergic, and Artillery Magazine.