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Anne Spencer (BA Dip. Ed. - Macq Uni) is a Sydney based artist whose artwork has continued to sell solidly since her first exhibition ‘Luminosity’ in 2005 at Newport Artworks; a sellout of 24 paintings, securing sales from previous catalogues as well as commissions. Concurrently exhibiting and studying art making, Anne has completed traditional techniques of oil painting with Celia Gullet and earlier, year courses on tonalism with Graeme Inson and watercolours with the Julian Ashton Art School. Australian art history with the NSW Art Gallery has been another focus while various short courses and workshops with the National Art School and leading artists like Jo Bertini and Stephen Harvey, have helped to expand her art education. Anne’s artworks have sold to a multitude of local Australian clients as well as internationally in London, Switzerland, Singapore and New York City. She currently paints full-time in her Mona Vale studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Artist’s Statement My artwork is semi representational. I don’t try to imitate nature but to create in paint the essence of how I react to, or relate to a given experience/my surroundings or landscape. This reaction I try to describe using colour, simplified line, shape and forms to capture this essence. Depth interests me but not perspective. I like layers, foregrounds and backgrounds. I use oil paint tints, translucent glazes and oil sticks/bars to give me the type of line and colours that interest me. I approach my surroundings as a series of shapes and configurations. Painting is a pleasure and a form of enlightenment where I lose myself in time. I agree with Wolf Kahn - “an artist thinks with a brush in their hand”.
Recent Exhibitions *Late 2017-2018 Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney *solo exhibition planned 2016 Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney *scheduled for January 2016 2011-2014 Charles Hewitt Gallery, continual gallery exhibitions, Darlinghurst/Marrickville 2010 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Something Personal, Darlinghurst 2010 Newport Artworks, 1010, Northern Beaches, Sydney Art Fairs (International) 2014 Affordable Art Fair, New York City. InArt Studio artist 2013 Affordable Art Fair, Seattle. InArt Studio artist Galleries & Representation 2015- Present Janet Clayton Gallery, Paddington, Sydney 2010-2014 Charles Hewitt Gallery, Darlinghurst & Marrickville, Sydney 2013-2014 InArt Studio, Brisbane for International Art Fairs 2005-2010 Newport Artworks, Northern Beaches, Sydney (now closed) 2004-2005 Serendipity Gallery, Katoomba Solo Exhibitions 2017-2018 Janet Clayton Gallery, Oxford St, Paddington, *solo exhibition planned 2008 Newport Artworks, FLOW, Northern Beaches, Sydney 2006 Newport Artworks, F-light, featured artist, Northern Beaches, Sydney 2005 Newport Artworks, Luminosity, Northern Beaches, Sydney Other (of note) 2015 ART/EDIT magazine #07 Jul/Sep: “Editor’s Pick; The Best of Abstract” 2012-2014 Private client commisions (International) — London, Switzerland, Singapore, New York 2008 Monet’s Garden, Giverny, France — selected for private garden access to paint when closed to public Art Education 2012-2014 NSW Art Gallery, Dip. Art Appreciation Course; Art & Australia (‘12), Realism to Abstraction (‘14) 2012 Celia Gullet Painting Course, Traditional Oil Painting Course, Annandale program 2009-2012 Ewart Gallery & Art School, Willoughby Workshop Arts Centre, various short courses 2009-2011 National Art School, various term courses 2001-2004 Terri Butterworth, private tuition & shared studio 1986-1987 Graeme Inson School, 2 years p/t, Tonalism - The methods of Max Meldrum 1985 Julian Ashton School, 2 years p/t, Life Drawing & Watercolour Courses & Workshops 2017 Idris Murphy National Art School & Various Art Workshops, Sydney, Austraila 2013 Wendy Sharpe, In the Footsteps of Matisse, Vence, France 2012-2013 Jo Bertini, Abstraction in the Landscape, ArtWorkshop Australia, Flinders Ranges 2009 Jo Bertini, Kangalon & Bundanon Painting, NSW 2009 Jenny Hall, Life Drawing with Artist Jenny Hall, Northern Beaches, Sydney 2008 Stephen Harvey, National Art School, En Plein Air Painting, Hill End 2006-2007 Willoughby Arts Centre, Life Drawing Sessions, Sydney Other (Formal Qualifications) 1971-1974 BA Dip Ed, Macqaurie University; TESOL certificate
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