Born in the West Midlands, in 2004 Annie Ward graduated from The Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (part of Birmingham City University) with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art. Moving to the South West in 2006, she now lives and works in Lyme Regis.
After graduation, Annie worked on a project with Oxford Visual Arts in collaboration with The Ashmolean Museum. As a result, she now spends time on both historic and genealogical research which often acts as the impetus for her work. Primarily a painter, she also constructs pieces using textiles, paper and found objects. Working in series, layering, distortion and erasure have all come to play a key part in her practice, referencing the often-fugitive nature of both memory and historic narrative.
Annie’s paintings are created using a limited and muted palette. Layers of paint are laid down and then partially scrubbed out in a process of revealing and concealing. The imagery becomes sketchy with flattened, abstract forms; imperfect, indistinct yet vaguely familiar.
As well as exhibiting in the South West Academy’s Open exhibitions, Annie’s recent work has been selected for exhibition at The Mall Galleries, The Bankside Gallery, The Royal West of England Academy, Wells Art Contemporary, Black Swan Arts, The Atkinson Gallery and Salisbury Arts Centre.
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