After leaving Ireland at an early age, Alana Richards wandered, studied and lived impulsively, as she moved through Paris and then into the depths of Berlin in 2008.
Drawing from an eclectic range of influences and its rich experiences, her work today is focused on portraiture, and an interest that lies in capturing the soul of her subject as well as revealing subtle insights into herself at that junction of time.
Her initial photo sessions for each new work are a vital part of the process, as a close interaction with the subject sparks initial ideas, which are drawn and then painted with oil. Her technique is borrowed from artists such as Degas and Manet, and although the paintings are classically composed, the result has a freshness that is decidedly contemporary . Layers are often built up and torn apart, only to be rebuilt again, often giving the subject a complex and hidden history within the frame.
Alana Richards still lives and works in Berlin.
Fine Art (Painting), GMIT, Galway, Ireland
Fine Art and photography, Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa, Cork, Ireland
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Upcoming 2018 - Morphium, Hallucinations of a Kabarett, Venue TBA, Berlin
2016 - Alana Richards, WoMA, Berlin
2015 - After Hours, Galerie Knoth&Krueger, Berlin
2014 - BROKEN, Giftraum, Berlin
2010 - Barely Breathing, Lazarides (The Outsiders), Newcastle, UK 2009 - Almost Golden, Galerie 33, Berlin
2009 - Alana Richards , Rigaer105, Berlin
Selected Group Exhibitions and fairs
2017 - Eris, Urban Spree Gallery, Berlin
2015 - During TEFAF, Maastricht, The Netherlands TIAF, London UK
2013 - Berlin-Barcelona, MMAC, Barcelona
Bande Apart, Shift, Berlin
2012 - FRAME, Throughout Birmingham, UK
Things fall apart, ECC Atelierhaus, Berlin Allotment 10plots, MAC Birmingham, UK
Berlin Unhinged, SO36, Berlin
2009 - 2011 MODERN/MODERN, Springsalon, Berlin Group exhibition at Galerjia Muzej, Lendava, Slovenia The Show must go on, Urban Angel, London, UK Signals Through The Flames, Galerie Friedrichschohe, Berlin
2007-2009 - I worked very closely with Galerie d’Art Generation in Paris
International Young Artists Fine Art Colony, Lind-art co-operative vol V, 2011
The Stinging Fly, Issue 24, Vol 2 - front cover
Museum Lendava, Slovenia
Charlie Levine Collection, London
Clarke Collection, Berlin