Event: Anne Desmet, RA – “A Life in Print”
Location: Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, London
Date: 11th February 2017
Details: This talk is free for Fair visitors with a valid admission ticket to the Works on Paper Fair
Anne Desmet specialises in wood engraving, linocut and mixed-media collage of architectural subjects from London to Rome. She exhibits widely, has won over 30 national and international awards, has works in public and private collections worldwide and commissions include engravings for the British Museum, British Library, V&A and Sotheby’s. Her first retrospective opened at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in 1998. Her second museum exhibition was at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, in 2008. Both exhibitions each toured other UK museums for two years. Desmet is author of three published printmaking books and was editor of Printmaking Today magazine from 1998-2013. Elected a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in 2011, she is only the third wood engraver ever elected in the RA’s 250-year history.
Following a year (1989-90) as a Rome Scholar in Printmaking, Anne Desmet’s focus became the multi-layered nature of cities where ancient ruins co-exist with 21st century apartments and TV aerials. Via highly detailed wood engravings and linocuts of architectural subjects, she aims to create a sense of the interweaving and passage of years of history – a type of metamorphosis that is a recurring theme in her work. As well as creating editioned relief prints, she makes complex collages in two and three dimensions, creating new images that develop the themes of her prints. Her talk will focus on her life as an artist whose work is rooted in the creative and richly diverse medium of printmaking.