My paintings are highly textured expressive works, full of nuances of light, colour and atmosphere, demanding not only a literal response but also an emotional one.
In my interiors, the stones of the building have been there for centuries, while the people are transient. The light from the outside world pours in, energising the stillness of a room, a link to the past, the future and everyone else.
I usually use a square format and the absence of a frame adds a contemporary twist to a timeless subject.
I love the drama of the quiet moment; in between the big events of life – people living normal lives – my work is a celebration of that.
Gallery (click to view)
Annabel completed an art foundation course at Loughton, then studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and later received a Diploma from the Ecole des Arts d’Ixelles in Brussels, and a degree in Fine Art from University College Suffolk.
After ten years as a professional actor, Annabel concentrated on her painting. In 1993 she won a commendation at the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Awards, and has exhibited in France and Belgium, as well as at galleries in London, Cambridge, Southwold and Ipswich. Her work hangs in many private collections.
In recent years Annabel has, alongside her painting, developed work that uses her performance skills in combination with her art practise, with solo and collaborative pieces.
For the last seven years Annabel has taught evening classes in art and painting, first at Suffolk College for adults of all abilities, subsequently at the Ipswich Institute and from her studio. She also runs art workshops, and gives talks and demonstrations to local art groups.
Buckenham Gallery, Southwold.
Byard Art, Cambridge.
The Pin Mill Studio, Chelmondiston, Ipswich
The Frame Workshop, Ipswich. (Solo shows)
Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe
La Galerie du Bord de L’Orne, Clécy, Normandy, France
Belinda Taylor Gallery, Barnes
Arlingtons Gallery, Ipswich
Performance piece, ‘Under the skin’ University of Warwick
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