ANN BURNHAM

Artist biography

Ann Burnham's printmaking is informed by the regular walks in the countryside and along the coastal paths of South Hams in Devon. She is drawn to the rolling hills, narrow hedgerow lanes and the dramatic coastline.

Her Art process is intuitive: An idea may be sparked by the way the wind has blown a tree to make an interesting shape, a path leading into the distance, or the bare trees with their beautiful and complex shapes contrasting against winter fields. Then, she makes sketches and takes photos along the way, working on these upon returning to her garden studio

Her method is traditional: The reduction linocut method suits her slightly graphic approach to the image, where she can accentuate the patterns and shapes from her sketches into a print. She enjoys the planning and decision making of the reduction Lino technique, working out the many layers of colour that will applied to the plate at each stage. It’s a complicated process but worth it when it goes right. Ann's recent work has become more representational, experimenting with ways of creating skies and mist to create a softer look. To achieve this, she uses a monoprint technique of wiping the ink rather than cutting away. She also enjoy's the direct and rich mark making of the monoprint process as a contrast of spontaneity compared to reduction linocut.

Ann exhibits regularly and has work in private collections in this country and abroad. Her work is permanently on display at Greenwich Printmakers Gallery and Bell Fine in Winchester. She has exhibited at Bankside RE open, Society of Woman Artists at the Mall Galleries, Affordable Art Fair Battersea and Hampstead, as well as being prizewinner in the ‘Inspired by’ competition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.