Apart from her highly original figurative compositions, Anna Wimbledon creates portraits to commission, working mostly in oils, with a remarkable accuracy in likeness characterised by brilliant handling of hair and skin tones as well as an exceptional sense of animation. Her portraiture has featured a wide range of backgrounds in both her group and individual works. The artist travels for brief sittings with her subject, both in the UK and oversea, completing her works in the studio. In scale, portraits range from around 40 - 60cm (16 - 24in) square while for larger scale commissions, sometimes with full length figures, they can measure up to 190 x 110cm (75 x 43in)
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ANNA WIMBLEDON was born in Swansea in 1974 and educated at Central St. Martin's College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 1996 she participated in Yale University Summer School of Music and Art, going on to win Andrew Grant Travel Scholarship to the United States. Subsequent prizes include John Kinross Travel Scholarship and Sir Robin Phillipson Memorial Medal. Esteemed since graduating as a portrait painter, with many commissions of single and group portraits to her credit, Anna Wimbledon sees herself as a painter of figures in the broadest terms, working with energy and bravura preferably on a large scale to create compositions around friends and acquaintances characterised by a sense of drama and latent tension and sometimes an ironic homage to master painters of the past. Represented by Francis Kyle Gallery since 2001, she has participated in many of the Gallery's theme exhibitions, including Roma (2003), Lair of The Leopard: twenty artists go in search of Lampedusa's Sicily (2005), Everyone Sang: a view of Siegfried Sassoon and his world by contemporary artists (2006), Родина: Twenty five artists from the West winter in Russia (2008) and Jumping for Joyce: Contemporary painters revel in the world of James Joyce (2013). First one-person exhibition with Francis Kyle Gallery 2004.
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