Alana is an Australian artist born in Toowoomba, Queensland. She studied a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) graduating with Distinction at RMIT University, Melbourne.
From an early age she attended hot rod shows, drag meets and loved the glamour of old films and vintage fashions that paralleled the era. Both her parents and brother are dedicated to tradition and the art of building Hot Rods.
Pieces of her art are featured in collections around the world, including Spain, America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Wilkie has held an artist residency in Rome, Italy and was awarded the Rome Art Program Purchase Award for a plein air painting completed during the residency. Alana continues to her art practice full time in Brisbane, Queensland.
Alana Wilkie’s artworks are highly detailed oil paintings based on found images that have been interrupted with a juxtaposing element. The introduction of this element alters the reality of the composition, creating a new narrative for the viewer. The artworks created represent themes within romantic relationships.
Her criteria for imagery calls for iconic and romantic subject matter. This includes golden age Hollywood stars, roses, drapery, cowboys and hot rods. Each work often includes both typically feminine and masculine representations. Where some work may omit a male face, it is often replaced with a traditionally male subject such as a car from the 1950s. The use of nostalgia further supports her aim to portray a world that is unobtainable in reality, instead a fantasy world.
Wilkie doesn’t aim to create photorealistic paintings, rather her approach means she is unable to abandon detail. Her paintings are meticulously finished to reflect the unrealistic standard for her subjects in the painting. A surreal narrative is created through using images from the past, present, and future.
2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts, (with Distinction), RMIT University, Melbourne
2015 Appropriately Dressed, Rooftop Art Space, Melbourne
2011 Alana Wilkie, Brown Tree Gully Gallery, Roma, Queensland
2010 Portraits in Printmaking, Crow’s Nest Regional Art Gallery Toowoomba, Queensland
2019 The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn, New York
2019 Greazefest Art Exhibition, Cleveland, Brisbane
2016 Chalk and Cheese, Alternating Current Art Space, Melbourne
2015 Colour in Action, Penang, Malaysia
2014 The Downlands College 27th Annual Art Exhibition, Toowoomba
2013 Project Journal, Dogwood Crossing Gallery, Miles, Queensland
2013 Live Painting with The Red Paintings, The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne
2013 Linden Postcard Exhibition, Melbourne
2012 Expanded Studio Practice Graduate Exhibition, RMIT University, Melbourne
2012 USQ Alumni Show, Curated by Stalling, Made Artist Run Space, Toowoomba
2011 Rome Art Program Scholarship, Italy, 6 weeks
2011 Winner of Rome Art Program Purchase Award
2011 Rome Art Program Painting Scholarship
2014 Downlands College 26th Annual Art Exhibition, Toowoomba
2012 Expanded Studio Practice Graduate Exhibition