Wendy Foster Los Olivos (2928 San Marcos Ave., Los Olivos) presents Wallflower, the solo exhibition of artist Alana Clumeck. Wallflower runs until December 31 and the opening reception is Thursday, October 5 from 5-7 p.m.
Alana Clumeck’s upbringing was rooted in the arts from an early age—she was raised by an artistic family in Margaret River, Western Australia. Clumeck now lives in Santa Barbara, and as a largely self-taught artist she has worked hard to secure her position as a reputable artist within the Santa Barbara community.
Clumeck’s current collection, Wallflower, is deeply infused with the spirit of summer in the Santa Ynez Valley and her love for western cowboy culture.
In regard to her exhibition title, Wallflower, Clumeck says, “In old Australian slang, a wallflower is a bit of an introvert but of striking resemblance—a full personality if you dig deep enough to get to know them.”
The artist incorporates hues that are inspired by the golden hills of the Santa Ynez Valley and splendid colors of flowers in full bloom. She creates delicate tapestries that contrast beautifully against the fierce and bold animals that are often the subjects of her paintings.
Her contemporary paintings encompass a soft elegance with attention to color and detail. Combining these subdued elements with the strength found in her powerful subjects results in a distinct juxtaposition.
“I wanted the series to embody something unique, something that wasn’t just aesthetically appealing but had more substance to it,” says Clumeck. Her work manages to capture the essence of true beauty while utilizing both masculine and feminine traits.