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 Prince’s 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 travelled 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 her career Annabel has won awards to paint in both Jamaica (The Triangle Workshop) and Andalucia (The Delfina Studio Award) and she led a Prince’s Trust ‘Partners in Europe’ creative project in Moscow with young Russians combining papermaking, puppetry, photography and theatre. In 2020 she was awarded a place in the annual ‘Sowing Seeds’ artists residency in Rajasthan, India, where she worked with local children in a tribal village on a project combining papermaking and simple printmaking techniques.

In 2018 she was the invited guest artist for Arte Seville at Espacio 1de7 de Autor and later that year had a solo show with that same gallery. Her most recent show in London was at The Rowley Gallery in 2020, where she has been a gallery artist since 2007. Annabel continues to exhibit in both Andalucia and the UK and is also represented at Moorwood Art, Somerset.

Annabel’s work can be found in public collections in Edinburgh, Brazil, London and Moscow and in private collections worldwide.

Annabel now lives and works on the Granada coast surrounded by mango orchards, with views of both the snow capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the expanse of the Mediterranean sea from her home.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are created in my studio with oil, encaustic and mixed media, and in the landscape with watercolour.

In all my work my primary motivation is always colour. Colour makes us feel things, transports us to different places, and brings up emotions. Colour is healing and captivating. Colour combinations are so beautiful and never seem to loose their power and novelty for me.

I am inspired by responding to the feeling of a particular place. The heat of the summer, the colour and depth of the sea, rhythms and patterns made by fields of tropical trees.

Painting with watercolour on site/en plein air allows me to respond rapidly, recording the colour and feeling of a place whilst balancing deliberate mark making with the freedom and spontaneity of the medium.

In contrast, working in my studio with oil is much slower, and paintings sometimes take months to finish. Applying and fusing together layers of hot liquid beeswax in a painterly way and adding textures enables me to build up the surface, whilst simultaneously being able to reveal past marks by scraping away. In this way I create a tapestry of vibrant saturated colours which weave into each other, and make a rich and varied surface. I discover the composition as I work, which is usually a harmony and balance between abstraction and figurative.

I love to build up layers to create depth. I like to experiment and make alterations. Colour is my motivation and working spontaneously is strengthened by great attention to the small details.

My paintings are created in my studio with oil, encaustic and mixed media, and in the landscape with watercolour.

In all my work my primary motivation is always colour. Colour makes us feel things, transports us to different places, and brings up emotions. Colour is healing and captivating. Colour combinations are so beautiful and never seem to loose their power and novelty for me.

I am inspired by responding to the feeling of a particular place. The heat of the summer, the colour and depth of the sea, rhythms and patterns made by fields of tropical trees.

Painting with watercolour on site/en plein air allows me to respond rapidly, recording the colour and feeling of a place whilst balancing deliberate mark making with the freedom and spontaneity of the medium.

In contrast, working in my studio with oil is much slower, and paintings sometimes take months to finish. Applying and fusing together layers of hot liquid beeswax in a painterly way and adding textures enables me to build up the surface, whilst simultaneously being able to reveal past marks by scraping away. In this way I create a tapestry of vibrant saturated colours which weave into each other, and make a rich and varied surface. I discover the composition as I work, which is usually a harmony and balance between abstraction and figurative.

I love to build up layers to create depth. I like to experiment and make alterations. Colour is my motivation and working spontaneously is strengthened by great attention to the small details.

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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