"I am fascinated by the natural world, the beauty of wildlife and humankind. I love looking closely at both and the relationship between them. I like to think that I help people see detail that they may not have seen before"
Anna Reed is a professional artist, born in London. She moved to Bedfordshire during her childhood and it was at this time she realised a passion for drawing and painting. Anna is self-taught and driven by her admiration of nature and its elegance. Working predominantly in oil paint, charcoal and pencil. She uses precise and deliberate strokes to produce representational pieces of work. Her pencil and charcoal studies concentrate on movement and texture, whilst the oil paintings are showing detail, depth and the characteristics of nature. Anna uses wooden panels and aluminium to create her artwork, painting several layers of detail. Anna's recent work is concentrating on the natural world, showing how precious it is. She uses golds and rich colours in her paintings depicting beauty. Anna believes that gold is often associated with compassion and love, which is what she hopes the viewer can see in her work. The gold also represents a material glamour and grandeur, she wants to show that people can live without objects but we can not live without nature. Putting both on one painting highlights just how magnificent wildlife is, pushing the animal to the forefront.
Anna's work was long listed for the Jackson's Painting Prize 2017 and 2019. She has also been shortlisted for the Ken Bromley Cover competition in 2018 and 2019 and was awarded with the highly commended award in 2019. She also gained a highly commended award in the 2019 TALP Open Patchings Art Competition. In 2020, she was delighted to be presented with the People's Choice award in the Creates Emerging Artist Award and was a finalist in the David Shepherd Artist of the year. In 2021, Anna was an Invitational Artist for the Sketch For Survival exhibition at the OXO Gallery London, as part of this her painting was selected to be exhibited in the VIP Leaders Lounge at the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow. Upcomingexhibition Sketch for Survival 2022 exhibition tour with Explorers Against Extinction The Crypt Gallery Norwich 23rd - 28th September Oxo Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf London 16th - 20th November
Collaborative exhibition with Talia Giles The Basement Gallery, Bedford Bedfordshire 28th November - 3rd December
The in klover gallery: The in klover is a family run gallery in the beautiful village of Hillsborough Northern Ireland. Two sisters curate a beautiful collection of art and design all under one roof. They search far and wide to find unique artists and creatives to exhibit. www.inklover.co.uk/
Hayrack Gallery: The Hayrack gallery is in a beautiful village near Towcester, Northamptonshire. It is part of a group of independent shops converted from an old dairy farm. Well worth a visit and then go and have a slice of cake in the café. Art and cake......Lovely. www.thehayrackgallery.co.uk
Epanoui: This beautiful shop was founded by Hannah Paine in 2012. Epanoui is a lifestyle shop in Bedford Bedfordshire, selling high quality artwork and stunning jewellery. You would be hard pushed to walk out of the shop without buying something you will treasure. www.epanoui.co.uk/
UK Artists: This online gallery was created in 2010. It has evolved from a regional online gallery but now shows high quality artwork from the best in the United Kingdom. www.ukartistsonline.com/AnnaReed