530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street, New York, NY  Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
530 West 25th Street
Tue - Sat, 11am - 6pm
Alana O'Hern
Contemporary Perspectives
Agora Gallery
New York,NY

  • Buddy   Buddy
    Oil on Canvas
    48" x 60"
    Alana O'Hern

  • Rose Garden   Rose Garden
    Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
    72" x 60"
    Alana O'Hern

  • Peony 2   Peony 2
    Mixed Media on Canvas
    72" x 72"
    Alana O'Hern

  • Naomi   Naomi
    Oil on Canvas
    48" x 48"
    Alana O'Hern


Alana O'Hern

ALANA O'HERN

Contemporary Perspectives
July 31 – August 20, 2015
Reception: Thursday, August 6, 2015 6-8 PM

Alana O’Hern’s large-scale oil and mixed media paintings bring the electricity of color to careful realism. Working often with a palette knife on canvases several feet high, O’Hern creates incredibly close-up images that are both intimate and confrontational in their nearness. Each sitter is lost in a unique, delicately shaded emotion. However, they all meet the viewer’s gaze head-on, unafraid to share either themselves or the present moment with their audience. O’Hern paints both global icons and her own anonymous acquaintances, without making any visual distinction between the two. Despite the assertive composition, she depicts expression and detail with gentleness and attentiveness. The colors seem especially sensitive to emotional nuance. They dip in and out of exaggeration and fancy to pick out the inner life of the portrait’s subject. The canvases are usually square, suggesting the self-sufficient, stable world that every one of us creates around ourselves.

Alana O’Hern was born in Perth, Australia and today lives in Orlando, Florida. Among her greatest artistic influences are Sebastian Kruger and Lucien Freud, and her own two children.