Anne Forest (1983) lives and works in Utrecht, graduated Fine Arts at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK). Anne’s paintings stem from the Russian Orthodox Icons she was surrounded with during her childhood. She uses thick layers of paints on rugs, unstretched canvasses, found pieces of wood, and creates a juxtaposition between the unpredictability of the materials together with the strong, graphic lines she sketches with. They conjure up a bizarre and beautiful world, filled with the characters she portraits.
Drawn by the semiotic power of a patch, and because she wanted to see her work transitioned to an embroidered artwork, Anne sent us two designs that were very dear to her: ‘Poldi’ and ‘Galina and Wiremu’. Both designs were regenerated into beautiful collectables.
Anne Forest is represented by Galerie Bart, and her work has been shown at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Rotterdam Contemporary art fair, Vincent van Gogh House Zundert and Nest Den Haag. She’s been nominated for the Royal Award for Modern Painting in 2015 and 2014.
Check out Anne’s website for upcoming exhibitions and to see more of her artworks, here.