(photo © Freia Turland)
Born in Bristol, Anna comes from a family of artists. After school in Bristol, she read History & English at Oxford. For an MA in History of Art at University College, London, Anna specialized in 17th century Dutch and Spanish painting. After working in London for several years, at the National Portrait Gallery among other national institutions and private galleries, she has recently moved back to Bristol from Bath. Anna’s paintings are in collections all over the world.
Anna undertakes commissions for portraits, as well as specific landscape and still life paintings to order.
Anna has exhibited widely in the UK, including the following galleries:
- Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (solo show 2014)
- BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
- Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
- Royal West of England Academy
- St Anne’s College, Oxford, Artist-in-Residence
- Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (Invited Artist)
- Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouthshire
- Usher Gallery, Lincoln
- Aberdeen Art Gallery
- Aberystwyth Art Gallery
- LeFort Gallery, Bath
- Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
- Russell Gallery, London
Seascapes and still lifes by Anna are currently on show and available to buy at the Hideaway (far West of the Esplanade, EX12 2TY) in Seaton, East Devon – a beautiful place to visit!
I think that paintings are successful when you are able to be most yourself. I hope that you can see an idiosyncratic vision of my own in my work.
Literature often feeds into my work, as do some historical traditions of Western painting, in particular Dutch and Spanish 17th-century art, and work I find inspiring by many artists such as Paula Rego, Winifred Nicholson, Frida Kahlo, and many others.
I always work from life and usually precede painting (oil or acrylic) with sketches and drawings, alongside other techniques and media.
All images on this site are © Anna Dougherty
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