26 Jun Anne Desmet RA
26th June – 19th July.
Private view June 26th 5.30-8.30
until 19th July 2014
We are incredibly excited to be exhibiting new works by Anne Desmet which will feature a number of pieces celebrating landmarks of the city of her birth, together with other works commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
Anne Desmet was born in Liverpool and went on to gain a BA & MA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design, London, UK. She has taught wood engraving widely at the RA Schools, British Museum and Middlesex University. She was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2011 and is only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE). In 1998 her retrospective exhibition, Anne Desmet: Towers and Transformations, opened at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, before touring the UK. In 2008, Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallerylaunched a new retrospective: Anne Desmet – Urban Evolution, which toured until 2010. Her exhibition: Anne Desmet – Olympic Metamorphoses toured the UK from 2010-12. She teaches wood engraving widely, has works in public and private collections worldwide and commissions include engravings for the British Museum, British Library, V&A and Sotheby’s. Desmet is a published author of three books about creative printmaking (published by A&C Black). She was also editor of Printmaking Today magazine from 1998-2013. Since 1987 she has received over 40 national and international awards including (1989-90) a British School at Rome Scholarship in Printmaking.