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July 2014

I was thrilled to receive The Artist magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award for my painting ‘Market Woman Selling Tomatoes’ at the Society of  Women Artist’s annual exhibition held at the Mall Galleries in June/July. Here I am receiving my award from HRH Princess Michael of Kent, patron of the society.

Receiving The Artist Editor's choice award at the SWA annual exhibition.

Receiving The Artist Editor’s choice award at the SWA annual exhibition.

December 2014

I have mixed feelings of joy and sadness whenever I sell my paintings but the pure pleasure the new owners derive caps it all. The award winning painting ‘Market Woman Selling Tomatoes’ was sold soon after it was exhibited at the Mall Galleries in July. I received the following from its proud new owner…

I received a large, well-packed parcel this morning, that I had gifted myself! Anne B-H’s “Tomato Seller” has given me the sort of delight that ice-cream sprinkles, and sugar cane at the beach used to bring me as child, before I knew to mask the full tingles of pure happiness. 

My painting (I’m very territorial and referred to it this way even before I owned it!) is a reminder of who I am; the place I come from, the visual cues and rich saturated colours that markets all over Ghana are. I love the openness in the face my “Tomato Seller” – her strength, kindness and confidence. And the turquoise and reds… I feel at home with her, as if I am coming home to her, and as she will be greeting me every time I come into my hallway, I’m happy she’s from where I’m from. 

Anne, will you put up a photo of it? I am so very proud to own this. Thank you.


Market Woman Selling Tomatoes SOLD

Market Woman Selling Tomatoes SOLD

July 2013

My painting ‘Majorelle Gardens I’ has been awarded the Winsor & Newton Choice Award for Fine Art 2013 at the Society of Women Artists 152nd annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. The award was presented by HRH Princess Michael of kent, Patron of the Society. (July 2013).

At the SWA exhibition - July 2013

At the SWA exhibition – July 2013

May 2012 A Real Treat In Malvern

Visitors to the Malvern Theatres are in for a real treat with the latest exhibition hung by online gallery Along with artists Mike Bagshaw and Yola Quinn, my paintings are up on display in the Bistro on the ground floor.  Do please make it a point to visit if you are in the area and a comment or two on this site would not go amiss. All sales are being channelled through my page at The exhibition will end on 13th May 2012


(c) Anne Blankson-Hemans, Exhibition at Malvern Theatres, Malvern, Worcs

Jul 2011 The Society of Women Artists 150th Annual Exhibition

My painting appreciated at the SWA (Society of Women Artists) show – Mall Galleries 2011

Jul 2010 The Society of Women Artists 149th Annual Exhibition

The Society of Women Artists 149th Annual Exhibition

This prestigious exhibition is now on at the Mall Galleries near Admiralty Arch in London. The show was opened by HRH Princess Michael of Kent, the patron of the society.
I was very prvileged to receive an award for the ‘Most Original Oil Painting’ with my painting ‘Harbour Market at Elmina II’. The award was presented by Princes Michael who was very complimentary about the painting and my use of colour. I was also very pleased to see one of the three paintings I had on display (New York II – VAnderbilt Ave), sold on the first day.
In this picture, along with Princess Michael is Barbara Penketh Simpson, the president of the Society.
The exhbition runs from Thursday 1st to Saturday 10th July 2010

When women artists could not show their works

When women artists could not show their works

I am really pleased that 5 of my paintings have been selected for the Society of Women Artists 149th annual open exhbition in July.
Did you know, a mere 153 years ago, it was considered too shocking for a woman artist to display her work in London? When a few rebellious women formed their own society in 1857, there was no shortage of women artists, but some changed their name to protect their families.
The Society of Women Artists (SWA) is that same Society. Vibrant as ever, far from clinging to the modern world by their fintertips, they are proud of their history and bursting with talented artists vying to show their work at this the 149th annual exhibition.
I am thrilled to be showing in a London show with such a unique history.
The show’s patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent will open this year’s exhibition which takes place at the prestigious Mall Galleries, London SW1 from 1 – 10 July 2010

Latest painting unveiled

Latest painting unveiled

2010 has been a bit of a slow start for me where my painting is concerned. I have managed to complete one though. ‘Waiting for the catch’ was unveiled this week in time for submission (the paint was barely dry) to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Judging takes place over the next few weeks and I remain optimistic and hopeful.
I the meantime my participation in the Northampton Town and County annual exhibition has been recognised with an associate membership to the society. I am thrilled to bits. Read more about the society here
More information about the 2009 annual exhibition can be found here

3 Makes it a hattrick!

3 Makes it a hattrick!

November 2009

Well, it’s been a busy month! I submitted four more paintings to the Fellowship of Amateur and Profressional Artists (FPAA) 10th anniversary exhibition and was very proud to find all four had been accepted.
Two of the paintings received awards. The Oyster Catchers at Aberdeen Beach received the award for best oil painting and New York Series II – Vanderbilt Avenue received a sponsored prize.
Here is a picture of the Mayor of Wellingborough and the very proud artist. The exhibition is on at the Wellingborough Museum, Castle Way, Northampton from 7th – 14th November.

Find out more about the FPAA at

New York hot dog man wins presidents prize

New York hot dog man wins presidents prize

November 2009

I was recently invited to submit 4 paintings to the rather prestigious Northampton Town and County Arts Society’s annual exhbition and was pleased to hear one painting had been chosen to be hung at the show. I was very pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call informing me my painting – New York Series 1 had been selected as the President’s prize for the best oil painting from a non-member.

Here I am proud as a peacock in front of the winning picture. The standard of work is very high indeed and the prize a very humbling recognition of my work.

The exhibition is still on at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Road and ends on Sunday 13th December.

Read more about the society and the exhibition at

Open Studios opens doors

Open Studios opens doors

November 2009
The Open Studios exhibition held at The Elnaugh Gallery in Northampton (part of PhotoArtistry Ltd) was very successful indeed. 11 artists displayed their work at our open gallery for 3 weeks from 5th – 20th September 2009. My own work was displayed in anadjacent room and following on from a visit by Brian Mutton of the Northampton Town and County Art Society, I was invited to take part in their 96th annual exhbition at the Northampton Museum.
Fellow open studios exhibitor Stella Benfold also provided me with a list of shows in the county that I might be interested in and I successfully applied and was accepted into the Fellowshipship of Professional and Amateur Artists 10th anniversary exhibition which opened in Wellingborough on 7th November.

I have more news on both exhibitions.

‘Fish Sorters’ wins honourable mention

'Fish Sorters' wins honourable mention

May 2009

I am really pleased to have received an honourable mention in the Art Interview 16th Online Art Competition which ran from January 1st to March 31st 2009. My painting ‘The Fish Sorters’ was one of six that received an official recognition of merit. 633 works were submitted from 209 different artists.

The Art Interview – International Online Artist Competition is a quarterly, international, juried exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures in any medium. It is open to all living artists worldwide aged 16 and up.

The competition is run completely over the Internet, which eliminates the need to send slides or arrange for physical transportation of artworks. Artists have the opportunity to gain international recognition for any artwork submitted.

To find out more about the exhibition, please visit

ArtExpo New York – An Overwhelming Success

ArtExpo New York - An Overwhelming Success

March 6th 2008
It’s been nearly 30 years since I last exhibited and so was understandably apprehensive showing my work at ArtExpo in New York earlier this month. However, this all dissipated with the feedback I received. Comments like ‘…you are talented’, ‘…your work is beautiful’, ‘…so real and touchable’ and ‘…life captured beautifully’ appeared in my guestbook. I managed to sell 3 of my favourite paintings (now in the collection of buyers from the New Jersey area) and for me the show was an overwhelming success.
I met a number of buyers, galleries and had offers from publishers and was both inspired and humbled by the experience.
So, a huge thank you to all who stopped by my booth, you should all be on my mailing list. To those who purchased my paintings, many thanks, I am sure you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed painting them.
Anne – March 2008


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