Paintings in oils, acrylics & watercolour inspired by the natural world, journeys and personal myth. Prints and cards for sale.
Linnet Cottage, Chideock, DT6 6JQ
From Bridport, pass the George Inn, Chideock on your right. Linnet Cottage is 4 doors further west on your left. Look for blue gates and a tiled studio roof with skylights. Park at the pub or village shop.
Facebook: Annalisa Renee
Opening times: 12 – 5pm
9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 /14 /15 /16 / 17 September
Wheelchair access: no
Exhibiting with Joy Smith
In conversation with Annalisa Renee
Can you give give a brief history of your art practice?
“Drawing was always a central part of my life. Eventually I went to art school and discovered a whole new world of possibilities; got very involved in painting mainly figurative work. I felt strongly the pull and push dynamism of the figure and began to make sculpture in metal, plaster and paper. I left college and set up in Cable St studios at its inception .. along with Anish Kapoor and Anthony Gormley !
Later I worked as the first Artist in residence at Sadler’s Well’s Theatre, London where I had a studio with a courtyard, right in the centre of the theatre buildings. After that I went to Belfast to do an MA where I made paintings and sculpture of natural materials- our show toured to The Rennie Mackintosh Gallery in Glasgow and to London. Over the years I worked as Artist in residence at Darlington Arts Centre, and in various schools. I had an arts council travel grant to spend time in India, exhibiting in the UK, Ireland and USA and doing community arts projects, continuing when I had children and moved back to Dorset in 1997. I have been working a similar vein, teaching courses in painting and ceramics, running community projects and making sculpture and painting from my studio in Chideock.”
Who and what are your greatest artistic influences?
“On discovering Van Gogh at age 7 I wanted to be a painter.. (always loved his work) and then painters throughout history: Rembrandt, Titian, Cezanne, Monet, Bonnard, Sofonisba Anguissola.. so many – always painters never sculptors. My sculptural influences came largely from my grandparents farm, a love of boats and the human figure.”
How do you prepare for Bridport Open Studios events?
“I clear out the studio as much as possible – This is the most difficult bit. I try to make the garden look beautiful and I show as much new work as I have managed to make .. there is always older work around, but I rearrange everything to give myself a fresh look at the work as well.”