With the apocalypse and religious extremism as principal themes, the work of 30-year-old Ricky Allman was never likely to lack in drama. Yet it's his assured depiction of complex, emotionally charged mindscapes that singles him out as one of the most interesting painters of the moment.
His upbringing in Provo, Utah, is a key factor in a highly personal iconography ranging from religious credo to the looming mountains of his home state. Despite recurring symbolism, however, Allman's worlds are far from certain, ruled instead by ambiguity and opposition. Potential chaos is held at bay - and made disquietingly alluring - by the artist's finely honed compositional skills.
We're not the only ones to find ourselves increasingly enthralled by his work: he has shown in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, and was voted one of Wallpaper magazine's top Art and Design Graduates in 2008 (yes, they beat us to it).