Operating through a delicate balance of gesture and structure, Stichbury’s paintings are joyful, uplifting immersions into the natural world. Expressed through a palette of azure blues, velvety greens, brilliant golds, and areas of luminous resin, her abstract landscapes and seascapes offer gilded interplay of light and water, land and sky. Drawing elements from the physical world into her works, gold leaf has become a regular feature along with objects from nature such as black sand from our North Island beaches.
Stichbury’s floral compositions reverberate with textural abstraction. Naturalistic tones alongside vibrant fuchsia and pinks harmoniously collide, lines of dripping paint and expressive, sculptural petals give equal attention to the materiality of paint itself – each element dancing together to create a captivating melody of colour in full bloom.
From the artist, “My work is an abstract response to my environment, both external and internal. I strive to create harmony, not only on the canvas, but in life.”
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Design from Wellington School of Design in 1996, Stichbury continues to live in Wellington, painting full-time from her home studio.
Stichbury has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and Australia, and her work is held in private and corporate collections in New Zealand, Australia, New York, France, and the United Kingdom.
Parnell Gallery has represented Anna Stichbury since 1999.
From the artist:
“My work is an abstract response to my environment, both external and internal. I strive to create harmony, not only on the canvas, but in life.”