Lot 247 - Anne Desmet RA - Looking Up
Wood Engraving and Pen on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso
Anne Desmet RA. Born Liverpool, UK, 1964. Lives/works in London. Printmaking artist specialising in wood engravings, linocuts and collages. Author of 7 published books on printmaking and drawing. Editor of "Printmaking Today" magazine (1998-2013). Curator of "Scene through Wood - A Century of Modern Wood Engraving" for Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 2020 & touring to other UK museums until 2023. Only the 3rd artist ever elected as a wood engraver to the Royal Academy of Arts in the RA's 253-year history.
Oxford University BA Fine Art Degree (1986) & MA (1991); Central School of Art Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking (1988); British School at Rome Scholarship in Printmaking (1989-90)
Have won over 40 national and international awards and prizes, 1987-2019 inclusive and have works in numerous national and international museum collections. Have had over 40 solo exhibitions, mostly in London but including major retrospectives in Moscow Ex Libris Museum, Russia (1995); Ashmolean Museum Oxford (1998 & touring UK until 1999); Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2008 & touring UK until 2010); Holburne Museum, Bath (2017); Gainsborough's House Museum, Suffolk (2018); + "Olympic Metamorphoses" solo exhibition toured UK museums inc. Bluecoat Arts, Liverpool (2012).
www.longandryle.com www.kevishouse.com www.banksidegallery.com
About the postcard artworks
"Looking Up" is a view up the historic winding staircase of Gainsborough's House Museum, Suffolk, rendered as a wood engraving. My other 3 postcard submissions are all lithograph and pencil studies of the building site at London's Royal Academy as it undertook its massive expansion project a few years ago. The interior and exterior of buildings with the play of light, pattern and form are prevailing themes in my work.