ANNABEL KEATLEY

Annabel Keatley was born in 1966 near London. She received her Bachelor of Art in Painting and Drawing at Edinburgh College of Art in 1988 and her Masters of Art  at Chelsea School of Art, London in 1989.

In 1990,  after completing her Masters, Annabel received the first of 2 awards from the Princes Trust to work with a Russian artist in Kiev, Ukraine. The exchange led to her first solo show, funded by the British Council and The Princes Trust , which traveled from The Arbat Gallery in Moscow to  West London .  From there on she had solo shows in central London until her move to Spain in 1996.

During the years 1993-1995 Annabel won awards to paint in both Jamaica ( The Triangle Workshop) and Andalucia ( The Delfina Studio Award) and she lead a Princes Trust ‘Partners in Europe ‘ creative project in Moscow with young Russians combining papermaking, puppetry, photography and theatre.

Annabel now lives on the Granada coast. She exhibits in both Andalucia and the UK  and is a gallery artist at The Rowley Gallery, London W8 and Moorwoodart, Somerset.

Her most recent solo shows were in Seville, at the 1de7 Espacio de Autor Gallery (2018), and in London, at the Rowley Gallery (2020).

Annabels work can be found in private collections worldwide.

In June 2016 she opened ‘Espacio Creativo’ in Almuñécar, Granada.

ANNABEL KEATLEY

I am a painter and papermaker. When painting I mix oil, hot melted beeswax, sand, earth and plaster with pure coloured pigments to create vibrant and richly textured paintings. When I make paper I like to incorporate light sources, which illuminate the inner qualities of the paper. Connecting the two processes is a love of natural , organic materials.

My recent oil paintings are semi abstract landscapes influenced by the  heat of  the Andalucian summers, the lack of rain, the intense blues of the ocean, the wide expanses of both land and sky, and the fields of fruit trees. Despite working spontaneously when painting, I will work for many hours over extended periods of time building up textures, and a single painting, small or large, can take months to reach a conclusion. Sometimes the history or journey of the painting, which goes through many stages and changes, is revealed in parts of the finished work by a method of scraping back or heating the paint to reveal the fresh colours of first decisions made. It has been said that my paintings are like tapestries or fragments of fabric, and have a jewel like quality. Whatever happens I want my work to retain a freshness.

I also work directly from the landscape using watercolours on a small, intimate scale.

I love colour and the emotions it has the power to convey. With all the searching for composition, visual coherence, harmony, movement and calmness, my first and last concern and primary motivation in my work is colour.

CURRICULUM VITAE

BIOGRAPHY

1984-1988

Bachelor of Art. Painting and Drawing.

Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland.

1988-1989

Master of Art. Printmaking.

Chelsea School of Art, London.

1996

Moved to Andalucia, Spain.

Currently lives and works near Granada in the Costa Tropical, Andalucia.

Permanent Gallery Artist at The Rowley Gallery, 15 Kensington Church Street, London and Moorwoodart.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

The Rowley Gallery, London

2018

‘Tierra y Luz’ Galería 1de7 Espacio de Autor, Sevilla

2015

Galeria Cartel, Granada.

2008

Galeria Clemente, Torrox, Malaga.

1998

Alberdini,Competa, Malaga.

1996

The Blue Gallery, London.

The Friends Room, Victoria and Albert Museum.

1993-1995

Open Studio Shows, London.

1992

CBI Head Office, London.

The Pump House Gallery, London.

1991

The Arbat Gallery, Moscow.

Turtle Key Arts Centre, London.

AWARDS

1995

Recipient of award to participate in The Xayamaca Workshop-

International Artists Workshop, Jamaica.

1993

Recipient of The Delfina Studio Award, Andalucia, Spain.

Recipient and co-leader for The Princes Trust “Partners in Europe” Scheme. Project combining theatre, puppetry, paper-sculpture and photography in Moscow.

1990

Recipient of The British Council Grant for Exhibiting Abroad.

Recipient of The Princes Trust “Go Ahead” Grant.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Mini Cuadros ll. Espacio Creativo, Almuñécar

2018

Exposición Collectiva, Almuñecar, Granada

Naturaleza, Mijas, Málaga

SaloArte La Fábrica, La Azucarera, Salobreña, Granada

Tierra de Hambre, Galeria EsArte, Marbella

Costa del Arte Collective, Galeria Luz, Cómpeta

2017

Mini Cuadros, Espacio Creativo, Almuñecar

Casa de la Cultura, Almuñecar

Art Fair, Málaga

Moorwoodart, Annual show, UK

Art Sevilla, invitation to be “The Guest”, Espacio de Autor 1de7 Seville

La Azucarera, Motril

2016

SaloArte, Salobreña

Moorwoodart, Somerset, UK

2015

Kitty Harri’s Sculpture Garden

Art Is Málaga

SaloArte – Salobreña, Granada

International Art Day, Málaga

2014

Arte Textil Experimental – Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar, Granada.

SaloArte – Salobreña, Granada.

Ruta del Arte – PintaBienGranada, Granada.

Moorwoodart, Wiltshire, England.

2013

Saloarte, Castillo de Salobreña, Granada.

‘El Arte de la pequena’ Casa de la Cultura, Salobreña, Granada.

Mujeres Encendidas. Casa de Cultura, Salobrena, Granada.

2012

Saloarte. Castillo de Salobreña, Granada.

Small works, Water Street Gallery, Yorkshire.

2006

Galeria Felicia Hall, Granada.

2004

Galeria de Arte Laberinto, Competa, Málaga.

Galeria Molino de Hadriano, Competa, Málaga.

2003

Cuadros Rodriguez, Malaga.

1998

Casa Cultura,Competa, Malaga.

1997

“Artists of the Axarquia”, Velez-Malaga.

1996

The Blue Gallery.

1995

Xayamaca Workshop Exhibition, Kingston, Jamaica.

“Elemental” The Blue Gallery, London.

1994

The Blue Gallery, London.

Ten Young Painters. Thompsons Gallery, London.

1992

“Springpoint” London.

1991

Three Painters. Turtle Key Arts Centre, London.

Touring exhibition to major cities in the soviet Union of foreign

artists work.

1990

Prema Arts Centre.

1989

The London Group Exhibition.

Whitworth Young Contemporary, Manchester.

Flowers East Gallery, London.

Young Graduate of the Year, London.

1988

A Festival Exhibition-6 Printmakers.

1987

Edinburgh College of Art – Prize for Drawing.

Aberdeen Annual Drawing Competition.

Paisley Arts Centre, Glasgow.

The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh.

Tolquohon Gallery, Aberdeenshire.

Royal Scottish Academy.

2015

Kitty Harri’s Sculpture Garden

Art Is Málaga

SaloArte – Salobreña, Granada

International Art Day, Málaga

2014

Arte Textil Experimental – Casa de la Cultura, Almuñécar, Granada.

SaloArte – Salobreña, Granada.

Ruta del Arte – PintaBienGranada, Granada.

Moorwoodart, Wiltshire, England.

2013

Saloarte, Castillo de Salobreña, Granada.

‘El Arte de la pequena’ Casa de la Cultura, Salobreña, Granada.

Mujeres Encendidas. Casa de Cultura, Salobrena, Granada.

2012

Saloarte. Castillo de Salobreña, Granada.

Small works, Water Street Gallery, Yorkshire.

2006

Galeria Felicia Hall, Granada.

2004

Galeria de Arte Laberinto, Competa, Málaga.

Galeria Molino de Hadriano, Competa, Málaga.

2003

Cuadros Rodriguez, Malaga.

1998

Casa Cultura,Competa, Malaga.

1997

“Artists of the Axarquia”, Velez-Malaga.

1996

The Blue Gallery.

1995

Xayamaca Workshop Exhibition, Kingston, Jamaica.

“Elemental” The Blue Gallery, London.

1994

The Blue Gallery, London.

Ten Young Painters. Thompsons Gallery, London.

1992

“Springpoint” London.

1991

Three Painters. Turtle Key Arts Centre, London.

Touring exhibition to major cities in the soviet Union of foreign

artists work.

1990

Prema Arts Centre.

1989

The London Group Exhibition.

Whitworth Young Contemporary, Manchester.

Flowers East Gallery, London.

Young Graduate of the Year, London.

1988

A Festival Exhibition-6 Printmakers.

1987

Edinburgh College of Art – Prize for Drawing.

Aberdeen Annual Drawing Competition.

Paisley Arts Centre, Glasgow.

The Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh.

Tolquohon Gallery, Aberdeenshire.

Royal Scottish Academy.

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