Alannah Farrell (b.1988, Kingston, New York) lives and works in New York City's East Village. Spending her formative years in the northwest Catskills area of New York state, Farrell utilized the enigmatic strangeness, poverty, and pervasive desolation of this rural locale to influence her aesthetic, particularly color. Moving to the East Village as a teen—a completely opposite landscape—she became fascinated by the nightlife scenes, its dualistic nature, a kind of hide-and-seek, where one can simultaneously lose themselves while finding solace amongst like-minded misfits.
Her paintings include representational depictions of the artist's close-knit community of friends rendered in her own ‘faux-realism’ style. Farrell introduces us to them intimately, either in imagined or actual spaces. Narrative elements are accentuated through visual cues in the form of ordinary objects; clothing, furniture, household items, electronics, wallpaper, lighting slightly askew or emphasized in a different color. There is nothing grandiose about the settings in which these figures live. Their humble surroundings speak of life as a lower class American.
Farrell earned her BFA at The Cooper Union and has been a member of the Painting Center since 2017. Previously, Farrell was included in notable group exhibitions such as "Mutual Aid" (2018) at Kent State University’s new William J. and Pearl F. Lemmon Visiting Artist Gallery and "American Architecture in Drawing" (2016) at the King's College Chapel in London. She has been included in articles in ArtForum, Juxtapoz, and Italian Vogue, among others.