Approved: 16.08.2006

Anna Gillespie

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts
My recent work has been a personal investigation into the parallels between the world of the 'unknown' human present in the news media, the world of the model as they pose, and my own personal life. In this context I have particularly explored the themes of captivity and release. I see my practice as a form of physical thinking, and a personal meditation on the basic collective condition

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  • Location: Bath, South West
  • Activities: Public art, Private commissions
  • Categories: Sculpture
  • Tags: Contemporary British Sculpture, Anna Gillespie, Sculpture
 

Biography

Concepts My recent work has been a personal investigation into the parallels between the world of the 'unknown' human present in the news media, the world of the model as they pose, and my own personal life. In this context I have particularly explored the themes of captivity and release. I see my practice as a form of physical thinking, and a personal meditation on the basic collective condition of being primarily embodied.Influences The work does not attempt to capture movement, but rather still moments, and this aspect of the work and the simple poses employed has been deeply influenced by Antony Gormley's work and writings. Bacon's writings and work have also been important in clarifying the practice of conveying emotional injury through figuration. Pisano, Michelangelo, Quinn and Munoz, amongst others, also inform my work.Career path Anna Gillespie was born in 1964. Having obtained degrees from Oxford University (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and the London School of Economics (International Relations) 1992 saw a change in direction and the decision to become a full time sculptor. Anna qualified as a stone mason in Bath before travelling to Italy to study with the sculptor Nigel Konstam. In 1998 she took an MA in Fine and Media Arts at Cheltenham, and became an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1999. Anna now works in Bristol where she lives with her young family.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2009 - Solo, Byard Art, Cambridge 2008 - Solo, Artzu Gallery, Manchester 2007 - Solo, Chapel Row Gallery, Bath 2005 - Solo exhibition, RWA, Bristol 2003 - Centrespace, Bristol 1996 - Anna Gillespie: Sculpture and Drawing, The Happening Gallery, Bristol 1995 - Anna Gillespie: Sculpture and Drawing, The Happening Gallery, Bristol Group exhibitions 2010 - London Art Fair, Beaux Arts Bath, London 2009 - Anna Gillespie, Peter Randall-Page, Sarah Gillespie, Waterhouse & Dodd, London 2009 - Group Show, Victor Felix Gallery, London 2006 - Art Miami, Osbourne Samuel Gallery, Miami, USA 2006 - Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, Palm Beach, USA 2005 - 3 Person Show, Obsborne Samuel Gallery, London 2005 - 3 Person Show, Peninsual Arts, Plymouth University 2005 - The Artist and Radio 4, Bankside Gallery, London 2003 - Sherborne House Arts, Sherborne, Dorset 2003 - Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 2000 - Centro d'Arte Uerrocchio, Siena, Italy 1999 - Ariel Centre, Totnes 1999 - Gardens of Gaia Sculpture Park, Kent 1998 - The Yello Gallery, Kinsale, Ireland 1997 - The Yello Gallery, Kinsale, Ireland 1996 - McHardy Sculpture Gallery, London 1996 - The Cadogen Gallery, London 1996 - C Venue 19, C Venue 19 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh 1995 - Broads Boards, City of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol 1995 - National Stone Show, Wembly Exhibition Centre, London 1994 - Annual Show, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 1994 - Summer Show, Bath Society of Artists, Bath 1993 - Printmaking Show, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol