Portrait by Malachy McCrudden





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 and 2019 she was selected for the Royal Ulster Academy annual exhibition and in January 2019 won Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year.

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.


Selected Exhibitions

2020 | Queen Street Studios, Belfast |  ‘Four Female Painters’ – Group show (March 5th – 27th) – Review by Slavka Sverakova

2019 | Arts Art Centre Newtonards | ‘The Collection’ – Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection

2019 | Ulster Museum, Belfast | Royal Ulster Academy 138th annual exhibition 

2019 | Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown | ‘Cast’ – Group show

2019 | The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast | ‘Sparks’ – Group show

2019 | The Braid Arts Centre, Ballymena | Northern Ireland Young Artist of the Year – 1st place

2019 | The Black Box, Belfast | ‘Dreamed of Places’ – Solo show

2018 | Ulster Museum, Belfast | Royal Ulster Academy 137th annual exhibition

2017 | Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast | ‘Advans-t’ – Group show

2016 | Goose Lane Gallery, Belfast | ‘False Paradise’  – Solo show

2016 | University Of Ulster, Belfast | Fine Art degree show