Allanah Gales is a painter and photographer. Concerned with representation, originality and commercialism. Using a process of replication and subversion Gales probes the marketed art world and her urban environment. She finds accidental paintings of layers of covered graffiti and paint in her local environment. She paints replicas of these and afterwards she creates spectacular performances, returning these pieces to their natural habitats under bridges, beside fences, acting as direct comparisons titling them ‘Spectacles’. Similarly, Gales produces copies of marketed art with price tags and product labels attached akin to the mass produced pieces found in retail. By placing these replicas in the white gallery space she humorously creates critical interpretations of the typical commercial paintings. Each facet of Gales’ work comes under one constellation questioning the value of art and abstract painting aiming to raise the status of something typically not ‘high art’.
Based in Newcastle and completed her Fine Art Undergraduate at Newcastle University this year, Gales designed an interactive piece as part of her degree show titled ‘Build Your Own Council Painting’. Hosted in the Hatton Gallery’s Foyer and inspired by Henry Caroll, the abstract work intends to find compositional balance through tone and shape and creates a unique experience with audiences by determining their artist personality type. Her works have previously been shown at Newcastle University’s Long Gallery (2019) and ‘None of the Above’ was shown at Tyneside Cinema Workshop Space (2019).