Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Art Practice from City of Glasgow College, Alana Stewart produces unique screen prints which incorporate geometric shapes and architectural images. Winner of the 2015 Glasgow Print Studio Prize, her pieces include scenes in and around Trongate where the Falkirk-born artist is now based.
"During my degree show, I was awarded with the Glasgow Print Studio Prize which gives me unlimited access to the workshop facilities there. Working in an environment like the Glasgow Print Studio as a student not only improved my self-confidence and printmaking skills, but the ability to think professionally. In addition to this, it has given me the opportunity to network with other artists using the workshop. My first year as a graduate will see me working as a freelance artist at the Glasgow Print Studio, where I will focus on developing a new body of work and increase my knowledge and skills in professional printmaking."
"As a student and practising artist, I was always highly inspired by themes such as Scottish tradition, culture and stereotypical motifs. These themes have become apparent throughout my four years of study and will continue to be of influence in future projects. The general concept of my degree show work was greatly focused on studying the motifs and symbolism within the city of Glasgow. Key influences originated from my dissertation studies where I looked at the uprising Glasgow art scene. Not being from Glasgow myself, I was keen to explore the significance of Glasgow’s architecture through printmaking, conveying the concept of looking at Glasgow as an outsider."
"Throughout my practice as a whole, I have always been influenced by the Cubist movement; closely analysing certain elements of an image and manipulating the composition. Through this, I have always been keen to manipulate my audience’s viewpoints in either exaggerating or depreciating elements of scale, form and colour. The concept of looking at Glasgow as an outsider resulted in both apparent and equivocal iconic landmarks within the city."
To see more of Alana's work, visit: www.alanastewart.co.uk