I first saw Ann’s work at The Discerning Eye Exhibition, a show at the Mall galleries, where art critics choose their favourite young artist’s. That year she won the prize at the annual exhibition.
Ann’s studio is down a little lane in a tiny village near Land’s End in Cornwall. Last time I visited her, there was great excitement as the village was closed off due to the Poldark crew filming the latest episode, all rather distracting! A visit to Ann is always exciting, as her work is constantly evolving. She has a treasure trove of sketchbooks and collages of planned paintings scattered around the floor to sift through. I have always been drawn to the way Ann layers the paint on the canvas, often scratching the surface to reveal the warm undertones. She has a different way of seeing objects, and in forming strong and simple compositions, making it look far easier than it is.
Ann Armitage’s work has been exhibited at The Royal Academy Summer Show, The Discerning Eye Exhibition, The Royal Society of British Artists, and at The Royal West of England Academy. She is one of my absolute favourite artists.