Nov 20-30 2014 GALLERY 19 Anna Mazzotta - Open a 'pdf' of this press release - return to Galleries PR Index



20-30 November 2014

Born in Wiltshire in 1970 Anna trained at the Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal

College of Art. Her artworks feature in many public and private collections, most notably in

those of Robert & Susan Kasen Summer and the Royal photographer John Hedgecoe. Anna

was one of the youngest winners of the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize [formerly the

Cheltenham Prize]; her other awards include the Susan Kassan Summer Fellowship, the

Daler Rowney Award, the Henderson & Parkinson Travel Award and the Stephenson

Harwood Award. Annas work is also featured in the book An American Passion: The Susan

Kasen Summer and Robert D. Summer Collection of Contemporary British Painting.

Anna’s paintings are larger than life often depicting women in boldly coloured interiors

with a typical sized canvas measuring 1.5m x 1.2m. Painted from memory, recalling

childhood tales filled with mysterious characters and playful possibilities, Anna paints an

intimate world of whispers, giggles and long-lashed looks, where elements of caricature and

burlesque theatricality give light relief to a serious representation of European matriarchy.

Anna also specializes in charcoal drawing and in 1999 she won the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Annas drawing reflects her fascination with the silent film era when actors and actresses

had to communicate expression and compensate visually for the lack of sound.

“My painting is a way of seeing the world, thinking feeling,

showing sensations, not just the mechanics of a scene, but instead

emphasising energy, life and letting the inner innocence of the

characters come forth” [MAZZOTTA]

In 1997 Anna Mazzotta held her first solo exhibition at Gallery 19 and we are delighted to

have her exhibiting with us again, seventeen years later. The art of Anna Mazzotta has been

described as a cross between Beryl Cook and Paula Rego, with its own highly distinctive

and provocative style. Welcome to the world of Anna Mazzotta.