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Anne Mckenzie

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Anne Mckenzie

Born: 1967

Hometown: London

Based in: London, UK

 

Anne McKenzie was born on a farm near Gweru, Zimbabwe and spent her childhood close to nature. This lead her to pursue a Fine Art degree in the classical tradition of drawing from casts, life drawing and carving in wood and stone.

Anne arrived in London and worked for the Friends of the Royal Academy of Art in the year of the ‘Sacred Art of Tibet’ exhibition, where she discovered a meditative approach to art making while observing Tibetan monks making a sand mandala.

Anne completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Art Therapy at Goldsmith’s, University of London, which enhanced her understanding of the psychological aspects of art making.

Anne has a yoga and meditation practice and an appreciation for Yantras and the Ayuravedic use of colour and form for health and happiness.

Five years of trying to combine light and tree painting eventually resulted in Anne's use of Japanese paper, Shodo and painting from life in Kew Gardens. A trip to Japan to visit Temples and Galleries, make washi and walk a small part of the Kumano Kodo in March 2019 encouraged her to continue to develop this way of painting.

Anne is a member of Design Nation.

Forthcoming shows: The Future of Craft Selects as part of London Craft Week 29 Sept – 5 Oct 2020
Made London 2020 5-8 Nov 2020

Anne has exhibited at Made London 2019, RHS London Art and Plant Show, The London Artisan, Handmade at Kew and Handmade in Britain - Chelsea, CRAFT - Olympia and The Byre Gallery, Cornwall.

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Anemones 1

Anne Mckenzie, United Kingdom

Painting

US$ 420

Copper Beech with Early Morning Light

Anne Mckenzie, United Kingdom

Painting

US$ 700

Iris Sibirica 'Pleasures of May'

Anne Mckenzie, United Kingdom

Painting

US$ 700

Olive 1

Anne Mckenzie, United Kingdom

Painting

US$ 700

Anemones with Blue

Anne Mckenzie, United Kingdom

Painting

US$ 700

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About Anne Mckenzie


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What inspires you?

Nature, weather, atmosphere. Gardens, plants, arboretums. Conversations. Spontaneity. Space, quietness, solitude. Yoga. Running. Travel. Art galleries, museums.


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Describe your creative process.

I paint on Japanese paper using dilute acrylic paint directly from life from a tree or plant that evokes a strong response in me on that particular day. I stretch and iron the paper when the painting is dry and hang the banners using a simple wooden batten which is attached using bookbinders paste. I then create groups of banners and sometimes decide to paint a large piece on Yuumashi paper as a result...


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What are 3 words that best describe your work?

Calligraphic, Botanic, Meditative


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Who are some artists that have influenced your work?

Yu-Ichi Inoue, Geta Bratescu, Agnes Martin, Georgia O'Keefe, Matisse and so many more!


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What is the most important tool when creating your work?

Brushes, Paper, Well mixed colour that has emotional resonance for me


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What is the best piece of advice you have been given?

Paradise is in our hearts not somewhere far away...


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Where do you go for inspiration?

Hampstead Heath, Kew Gardens

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