Artists > Anna Teasdale
My paintings are more narrative than representational - that is, they are about the subject rather than of the subject. The places or objects that I paint have seemed to make a direct appeal to me to do something with them - to first absorb and then interpret them. Growing up on the edge of Romney Marsh gave me a strong affinity with landscape, now my main preoccupation, although I think I see every potential subject as a landscape - heads, bodies and objects included. They are all places to be explored , the countour lines to be charted and elevations worked out. So the final work is an invitation to stroll about within the parameters of the picture.
Anna grew up in a small village near Rye on the edge of Romney Marshon the East Sussex/Kent border. The first pictures she saw were reproductions of the Pre-Raphaelite paintings pinned to the walls in her village school. The Hireling Shepher, the Blind Girl, Ophelia dn the Death of Chatterton were favourites.
The first artist she was aware of was the watercolourist Edward Burra who lived in the same village. They had a mere nodding acquaintance, as they passed daily, Anna on her way to school and the shy, reclusive Burra shuffling off to buy cigarettes. She saw his work in the Penquin Modern Painting Series. His paintings and the works of the Pre-Raphaelites drew directly upon the familiar landscape of Sussex and Kent, so Anna was made aware of the landscape she knew being translated into painting. Like many children, Anna began painting at a young age- but she just carried on into adulthood.
Anna's experience of growing up in the country in the war years and after was very different from life as it is today. Now it seems a tamed and comfortable dormitory - land for larger towns. Then many families, like Anna's were very poor. Children worked with their parents in the fields at haymaking, harvesting, hop picking and potato lifting. They had a very special relationship with the soil: they walked and played in it. No one had car, a bicycle if you were lucky. Anna developed a deep love for the country with all its scorching sun, wild winds, rain and mud. It became her promised land - comforting and inspiring.
She later studied fine art at St. Martin's School of Art in London where she met and married the artist Robyn Denny, from whom she is now divorced. She has a son and daughter, now grown up and has lived and taught in Bath for many years.
Anna has exhibited in Bristol, Liverpool, London, Italy and Switzerland and has been a Member of the Bath Society of Artists since 2004.
1960 The Portal Galery
1962 Robert Melville's Choice
1963 Pop art, Midland Group Gallery
1965 ICA London
1971 Bristol City Art Gallery
1972 Festival Gallery - Bath
1974 Peter Blake's Choice, Festival Gallery, Bath
1976 John Moore's, Liverpool
1977 Picadilly Gallery, London
1977 International Art Fair, Bologna, Italy
1977 International Art Fair, Basle Switzerland
1978 Picadilly Gallery, London
1982 Royal West of England Show
1983 Festival Gallery- Bath
1983 David Paul Gallery, Chichester
1994 Picadilly Gallery Summer Show
1998 West of England Academy
1999 New Grafton Gallery, London
2000 The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries, London
2003 Rye Art Gallery
2001 -2008 Bath Society of Artists
2008 Royal West of England Academy
2008 Victoria Art Gallery, One Man Show, Painting the Promised Land
2008 Gallery LeFort Fine Art, Bath, Christmas Exhibition