Therese McAllister, born in 1951, is an Irish Painter who studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin from the period 1972 to 1974. After NCAD, as Therese has such an eye for composition and detail she worked as a fashion illustrator, layout artist and window display artist in Dublin before deciding to move to Italy in the mid 1970’s to further her studies. In Florence she met the renowned portrait artist Pietro Annigoni who encouraged her to enroll at the Studio Simi, and study the techniques of drawing and painting in the classical tradition under the tutelage of the highly gifted and talented artist Nerina Simi. It was during an eight-year period at Studio Simi that she met the eminent Irish-Italian painter, the late Niccolo d’Caracciolo RHA, who has also studied at Studio Simi. The Simi system concentrated on precise drawing and observation plus the accurate rendering of forms in space. Working mainly in oils, her darkly-glowing still-life’s are rich and vibrant in colour with a meticulous attention to detail. Life drawing with a model was also an important part of the curriculum and as a result McAllister is a highly accomplished draughtswoman and a talented portraitist.
She is a “traditional” painter in the truest sense of the word, her paintings are very carefully constructed and formally planned like those of the 18th century masters. Therese has exhibited continually from 1987 in Europe with many solo shows.
Her work is included in collections in Ireland, England, Italy, Greece, Canada and the United States.