Alana is a figurative painter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Since graduating Ulster University in 2016 her paintings have been acquired for public collections including The University of Ulster and Arts Council of Northern Ireland. In 2018 – 20 she was selected for the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition . In 2019 Alana won Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year and was awarded the SIAP General Arts award. In 2020 she received the Arts Council Northern Ireland Artists Emergency programme and Artist Resilience fund.
Staged within a created reality the artwork is based around the exploration of childhood, family relationships and the speculative relationship between what is real and what is imaginary.The paintings deal with a hyper reality using both figurative and abstract elements that explore the use of movement and colour to convey ideas of surreal dream like states and alternative realities. Taking inspiration from cultures, the Renaissance and consciousness; primarily based on young people integrated with organic forms.
Habitat is a collection of paintings inspired by art made by families at home. The project began with a series of free online art tutorials tailored for adults and children to work on jointly, with the aim of creating positive memories during time spent at home. Participants were invited to send their creations as reference to inform this series of figurative paintings which explores childhood and family relationships.