Lot 4 - Anne Desmet RA - Matera 1
Signed on Verso
Curated by Lee Sharrock
Anne Desmet is an established artist-printmaker specialising in wood engraving, linocut, lithography and mixed-media printed collage, often of architectural and metamorphosing subject matter. She was elected as a Royal Academician in 2011 making her only the 3rd wood engraver ever elected an RA in the Academy's 255-year history. She has 7 published books on printmaking and drawing and, since 2018, has been an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford University, for "distinction in the World of Art".
BFA degree, Ruskin School of Art/Oxford University (1983-86)
Postgrad. Diploma in Printmaking, Central School of Art & Design, London (1987-8)
Rome Scholar in Printmaking, British School at Rome (1989-90)
MA degree, Oxford University (1991)
Over 40 national and international awards and prizes since 1987. Major museum solo exhibitions/retrospectives at: Ex Libris Museum, Moscow, Russia (1995); Ashmolean Museum Oxford (1998-99); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2008-9); Holburne Museum, Bath (2017); Gainsborough's House Museum, Sudbury, Suffolk (2018); Pallant House Gallery, Chichester (2022-23). Also curator of and exhibitor in "Scene through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving", Ashmolean Museum 2020 and touring other UK museums 2022-3.
Abbott and Holder Gallery, London @abbottandholder
Long and Ryle Gallery, London @longandryle
Bevere Gallery, Worcester @beveregallery
Editions Ltd, Liverpool @editionsltd
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artworks
My works for this auction are linocut prints based on some of my many travel sketches made in Italy over the last 25 years. One of the images is a view from the Aventino hill in Rome, which I have drawn on many occasions. The other three are studies of the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site of Matera in Basilicata in Southern Italy, an historic labyrinthine city carved into the rock face of an ancient dried river valley.
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