“My work is an abstract response to my environment, both external and internal. My current works are increasingly abstract and I strive to create harmony, not only on the canvas, but in life.” – Anna Stichbury
Anna Stichbury was born in Wellington in 1974. She attended Wellington School of Design and graduated with a Bachelor of Design, majoring in Textiles. Still living in Wellington, Anna paints full-time from her home studio.
Anna’s paintings are bold and feature intense hues, and gold leaf has become a regular feature. Her background in textiles and love of rich colour and texture are always evident in her work. These factors combine to create a vibrancy and immediate impact for the viewer.
Her bold, gestural brushwork skillfully abstracts vast swathes of sea and sky. Areas of luminosity and dripping paint suggest details of place and time as well as highlighting elemental and emotional textures. Allowing the media its full range of expression returns the viewer to the picture plane through the viscosity of the paint, and to their own experience of the proffered work.
Anna has further explored her practice by experimenting with the physical and visual variation, ebb and flow of the materials themselves, and by playing with scale and construction of work. New elements are brought in, including ‘actual elements’ such as black sand from our beautiful beaches.
A rich new addition to Anna’s ouvre is her visual inquiry of the nude. These dynamic works are initiated with stunning gold, black and monochromatic tones. These pieces link to Anna’s larger abstracts through the storytelling of mood, emotion, and movement of materials. Anna is inspired by the ‘beautiful, imperfect and elegant lines that the body offers… I have even left the canvas ‘nude’ and un-primed to give it a raw and intimate feel, and to allow the lovely warm texture of the cotton cloth to be admired.’
Anna has had solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand and in Australia and has work in private and corporate collections in New Zealand and as far a field as New York, France and the United Kingdom. Anna was awarded the honour of ’Elected Artist Member 2003’ at The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts.
Anna has been represented by Parnell Gallery since 1999 and has had ten successful solo exhibitions here during this time.