Alannah Farrell is an artist committed to the figure and figurative tradition. Their work is a meditative, continued, coherent exploration of how the figure can be expressive. By soft, repetitive, considered brushwork, the artist portrays their inner circle of friends and creative community with a complex tenderness. At the core of their investigations are perplexing questions about psychological states, identity, and what it means to really know someone. Each sensitive portrait is a protest, an exercise in safety, community building, and nurturing intimacy against the alienation, anxieties, and violences of modern queer life.
Alannah Farrell (b. 1988, Kingston, NY) is a queer painter who lives and works in the East Village, New York, NY. They grew up in a rural hamlet in upstate NY, raised by two outside-the-system creative parents. They completed their BFA at The Cooper Union, New York, NY in 2011. They have exhibited their work at The Painting Center, New York; Theirry Goldberg Gallery, New York; and UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles.
A Rich, Somber, Undercurrent: An Interview of Alannah Farrell
This queer, trans-identifying artist from rural New York gracefully depicts the real bodies of their queer scene in atmospheric paintings, the magic of which stems from the shapely emotional nuances of each subject. — Stella Peacock-Berardini
Many of Alannah Farrell’s paintings pay tribute to queer life in New York, depicting friends, lovers, and dancers in intimate, surreal spaces. Portraiture seems to come easily to them, their subjects exuding a confident vitality in style and expression. — Billy Anania
8 LGBTQIA+ Artists on Self-Portraiture and Expressions of Pride
They determine gesture, form, light, color, and the inclusion or exclusion of body parts; what we see is something that the artist sees within themselves, an assertion of selfhood and visibility. “It’s a power shift from being defined to defining yourself,” said artist Alannah Farrell. “A reclaiming of identity.”