About Anne

Artist Statement

As an African and as an artist, I’ve often wondered whether portraying myself as an ‘African artist’ truly captures the essence of my art. I grew up in the West African country of Ghana and studied at the College of Art – Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, under some of the finest contemporary Ghanaian painters. I was mentored and tutored by Ato Delaquis, the renowned Ghanaian artist.

I completed my formal training in 1984 and for 20 odd years did not touch a single brush. I moved to the UK and entered the rat race in a bid to make a living and took a full time job working in IT. Early in 2000 I returned to my real passion after setting up my own business making fine art prints for artists and photographers. I have come full circle and for me the the learning has only just began. I feel artists have a God given gift which should be nurtured and treasured.

I am fascinated by people, and love to watch them as they go about their daily tasks. I work mostly from photographs using my camera as my digital ‘sketchpad’ and use a zoom lens so as not to intrude into their personal space. In each picture I am captivated by the subject and want almost inquisitively to get into their minds and into their thoughts.

I use really bright colours and perhaps that comes from the African in me. I am drawn to the exquisite patterns of the printed fabrics from which their clothes are made, seeing rich vibrant colours against the poor backgrounds of the fisher-folk depicted in my recent series ‘People At Work’.

I live in the UK and am also drawn to  great British landscapes, particularly the breathtakingly beautiful panoramic scenes of the lake district and Britain’s rugged coastlines. I love to travel and have painted scenes from contrasting areas such as the bustling cityscapes of New York to rustic and idyllic scenes of Marrakesh and Paphos.

 

Anne Blankson-Hemans B.A (hons) Fine Art, SWA

Member, Society of Women Artists

Member NTCAS (Northampton Town & County Art Society)

 

 

Artist CV Education:
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi,
Ghana – BA (Hons.) Fine Art 2:1
Awards: March 2009: Art Interview 16th Online Art Competition:
Honorable Mention “The Fish Sorters”
November 2009: Northampton Town and County Arts Society Annual Exhibition:
Winner of the President’s Prize – “New York Hot Dog Man”
November 2009: Fellowship of Professional & Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition:
Winner Best Oil Painting – “The Oyster Catchers at Aberdeen Beach”
Winner of Sponsored Prize – “New York Series II – Vanderbilt Avenue”
July 2010: Society of Women Artists 149th Annual Exhibition:
Winner of Most Original Oil Painting – “Harbour Market at Elmina II”
Juried Exhibitions:
November 2009: Northampton Town and County Arts Society Annual Exhibition
Northampton Art Gallery, Northampton
July 2010: Society of Women Artists 149th Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London
Paintings Sold: “New York 11 – Vanderbilt Avenue”
November 2010: Northampton Town and County Arts Society Annual Exhibition,
Northampton Art Gallery, Northampton.
July 2011: Society of Women Artists 150th Annual Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, Pall Mall, London
Group Exhibitions:
March 2008: Art Expo, The Javitts Centre, New York
Paintings sold include “A Tribute to Women”,
“Harbour Market at Elmina 1”
“Break Time”
“The Tomato Sellers”
“Girls Playing Oware”
November 2009: Northampton Open Studios – The Elnaugh Gallery, Northampton UK
November 2009: Fellowship of Professional & Amateur Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition, The Castle Art Gallery, Wellingborough, Northants.
May 2011: Northampton Town and County Arts Society Group Exhibition
Delapre Abbey, Northampton
Paintings Sold:
“Approach to Delapre Abbey”
“A Day Out at Delapre Abbey”
May 2011: Northampton Town and County Arts Society Summer Exhibition,
Lamport Hall, Northamptonshire
Paintings Sold:
“Gold Street Northampton”
September 2011: Northampton Open Studios - Group show with selected members of the Town & County Art Society, 
Delapre Abbey. Group show at the Primrose Gallery, Kingsthorpe Northampton

 Online Gallery
www.artgallery.co.uk
Painting sold: "Trees at Battle Abbey"
Professional Memberships:
Member: Society of Women Artists
Member: Northampton Town and County Art Society
Member: Fellowship of Professional and Amateur Artists.