In the Promiscuous Provenance series, I indulge my perpetual curiosity to lead me back in time to an intersection of worlds. By re-interpreting images of the Australian colonial painters through an almost naive playful engagement, the artworks express a nostalgia for an antipodean wonderland before the imprint of colonization was stamped over the landscape and its inhabitants. This is a world of fantasia, a place on the cusp of reality and imagination, populated by bizarre reimagined hybrid characters and featuring strange natural history tableaux. In essence this is a fantasy leading us to reflect and to reawaken our sense of wonder with our surrounding environment and contemplate the reality of this period of history.
Major Touring Exhibition 2018 - 2021
Shoalhaven Regional Gallery Sat. 7th April - Sat. 2nd June 2018
View Promiscuous Provenance catalogue
Anna Thompson has produced and directed a short film on myself and the preparations in creating 'Promiscuous Provenance'.
My work was chosen from a strong field of entries by competition judges Chris Saines (Director, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art), Barbara Maria Stafford (independent writer, curator and speaker exploring the visual arts and sciences), Angela Valamanesh (contemporary Australian artist) and Brian Oldman (Director, South Australian Museum).
View short excerpt of 'Above and Below' →
Biennale Of Australian Art 2018
September 21 to November 6 2018
‘Promiscuous Provenance’ series which will be on tour 2018 – 2020.
The Colonial Hybrid is a composite work, an amalgamation of historical imagery both real and reimagined. In Governor John Hunter’s late 1700s journal kept on board the Sirius, on seeing the Australian landscape and flora and fauna for the first time he described the creatures he saw as coming about through ‘a promiscuous intercourse between the different sexes of all these different animals’. I have expanded and elaborated on Hunter’s idea of “promiscuous intercourse” to create my own strange antipodean creature, a hybrid manifestation of colonial fauna illustration and the human form cloaked in surviving costumery.
Judges this year include: John Macdonald: Art critic & columnist, Prof. Colin Rhodes Former Dean, Sydney College of the Arts and Mr. Salvatore Zofrea - Artist.
Venue: Korean Cultural Centre, Sydney
Dates: 24th Nov 2017 - 25th Jan 2018
Opening Reception: 24th Nov 2017, 6-8pm
View finalist artworks.
Early this year, Newcastle Art Gallery invited artists to submit entries, and the judging panel selected 30 finalists from over 370 entries received from artists across the country.
Newcastle Art Gallery
Saturday 5 August to Sunday 15 October 2017
10am to 5pm Tue to Sun, 7 days during school holidays
‘Flourish – Metamorphosis’, a meditation on nature, explores the delicate abstract patterns created through an intimate view of tadpole metamorphosis. Captured underwater closely from below, an almost painterly sfumato effect is created.
Ravenswood School for Girls, 20 Henry St, Gordon
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August: 12.00pm-4.00pm
Monday 7 August to Friday 11 August: 8.00am-4.00pm
Saturday 12 August 9.00am-1.00pm
Wyndham Cultural Centre
Opening: 5 April - 6.30 to 8.30pm
Dates: 6 April to 11 June 2017
Inagh Valley Trust for awarding this residency in County Galway, Ireland and creating the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the stunning Connemara landscape. The Inagh Valley Trust was established in 2008 with a mission to ‘enhance society through enterprise, research and creative thinking’.
MAY SPACE, formerly known as Brenda May Gallery (2001-2016) in Sydney. I have been invited to show in their forthcoming Introducing V exhibition, 28 March to 22 April 2017. I am one of five artists selected for an exhibition that aims to showcase the work of a small group of artists who are new to the Gallery.
Exhibition opening April 1st, 3- 5 pm
My moving image work ‘Cane’ has been selected as a finalist in the 2016 Heysen Prize for Landscape. This is a biennial award that encourages artists to express their deep connection with, or their deep concern for, the Australian landscape and environment.
Hahndorf Academy South Australia
8 October - 4 December 2016
2016 Noosa Art Award Judge’s Comment:
“I like the ambition of this work, the way in which it speaks to the theme of modern Australian landscape...The trajectory of the fire is evocatively captured, the cataclysmic fireworks, the accompanying soundscape, and then the denouement, bringing to mind the cycle of day and night, the trajectory of other natural weather events, the human journey itself.”
Louise Martin-Chew, 2016 Judge Noosa Art Award
Official opening 5pm, 7 May
Exhibition dates: 6 May - 26 June
'Presence' is a meditative exploration, veiled by mist and diaphanous imagery. Shrouded within the work are three images of The Resurrection of Jesus taken from historical paintings by Bellini, Murillo and Bloch. ‘Presence’ is an intimate work created within the immediate and personal environment surrounding the artist’s home in the coastal Australian rainforest. A timeless landscape is embedded with spirituality and beauty, a place of swirling mists, birdsong, the clouds of heaven.
Music by Ben Cosgrove; field recordings & sound editing by Anna Glynn
Exhibition at Linton and Kay Gallery Perth
Exhibition dates: July 15-24
The Nature Entwined series contains playful allegorical references...tales of relationships within nature...allusions to the connection of all aspects of our natural world...merging of the creatures and plant life...forms combine...myths and characters intersect.
June 3rd - July 17th 2016
Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery
Wyndham Cultural Centre
Exhibition dates: 17 March to 1 May
Recipient 2015 Kedumba Drawing Award
Very excited that my drawing 'Awaiting Discovery' has been selected for acquisition to the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings
“I like the concept of this as much as its execution – within the inkblot shape of the kangaroo are line drawings of ships and birds alluding to long sea journeys, and strange new sights, like the scrimshaw work of a becalmed sailor.”... 2015 Kedumba Award judge Tom Carment
“The Kedumba Collection has become the most representative collection of drawings of this period in this country.”
John Olsen AO OBE
Orange Regional Gallery
12 September to 15 November 2015
‘The Sun Worshipper’ in conjunction Max Dupain’s The Sunbaker
I have been invited by the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre to show my video work ‘The Sun Worshipper’ in conjunction with the The Van Dyke Album: Max Dupain, The Sunbaker and Culburra. The album documents a camping trip by Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and their friends to Culburra in the Shoalhaven during 1937. It gives context to Australia’s most iconic photograph, The Sunbaker.
Unknown to the curators at the gallery was the fact earlier in my life I had lived and sunned on the beaches of Culburra. It seems serendipitous that my video work ‘The Sun Worshipper’ should accompany Dupain’s story and tell another experience of Australian beach culture.
An exhibition sourced from the State Library of NSW.
Shoalhaven City Arts Centre 28th November 2015 – to 30th January 2016
2015 Byron Bay International Film Festival Official Selection
'The Sun Worshipper'
My short film 'The Sun Worshipper' has been accepted into the Byron Bay International Film Festival's 2015 Official Selection.
The Byron Bay International Film Festival (BBFF) is Australia’s largest regional film festival, AACTA Awards accredited BBFF is a platform for outstanding independent film talent, showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films. It’s a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film.
2015 Artist in Residence
Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Oregon, USA
During 2015 multimedia artist Anna Glynn and biologist Peter Dalmazzo teamed up at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology in Oregon, USA. In an interdisciplinary collaboration they explored the Sitka landscape – a place where land, estuary, sea and sky meet. Working together as well as individually they created material reflecting their respective disciplines – a marriage of science and art.
2014 Gold Coast Art Prize Finalist
'Forest Horse' by Anna Glynn was selected as a finalist in the Gold Coast Art Prize 2014. The exhibition is a showcase for excellent contemporary art practice from across Australia. and the selected artworks represent many of the key trends in contemporary art.
Gold Coast City Gallery 6 December 2014 - 8 February 2015
‘What I think is common to all the shortlisted artists is a determination to develop their voice, to approach their art with rigour and commitment, and to share their vision with whoever cares to judge their efforts.”
Guest judge Dr Chris McAuliffe
2014 Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize FinalistMy work 'Shady Marriage Grove’ has been selected as a finalist in 2014 Korea-Australia Arts Foundation Art Prize. This work continues with my experimentation of contemporary interpretations and usage of Chinese ink and paper.
Judges this year include: John Macdonald: Art critic & columnist, Collin Rhodes: Dean, Sydney College of Arts, Mr Joo-yong Lee: Portrait artist,Dr Gi-hyun Shin: Lecturer, UNSW
Venue: Korean Cultural Office - Ground Floor, 255 Elizabeth St, Sydney Ph: 02 8267 3400
November 26th 2014 to January 30 2015
Open: 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
Opening Reception: Friday, 28th November 2014, 6-8pm
2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize Finalist
My multimedia work “Letters to Tot: a conversation across time with musical interludes” has been selected for the 2014 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize. This is a site specific installation including
conversational letters written to Tot (Kennina Fanny Thorburn) and a soundwork referencing the content of the letters to Tot and highlighting the Meroogal music collection.
Thankyou to: Bethany Morris for playing Tot’s piano music, excerpt from ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ sung by local choir Cantares and an excerpt from 'Faure’s Requiem’ sung by soloist Kerry Nicholson. Also thank you to the staff at Meroogal and their patience in allowing me access to the collection.
2014 Albany Art Prize Finalist
My painting 'Marriage in Red' has been selected as a finalist in the 2014 Albany Art Prize. This is a major national contemporary painting prize which features a $25,000 acquisitive award plus a 4 week studio residency with expenses. I am especially pleased as 'Marriage in Red' is from my series which fuses Chinese traditional ink painting techniques with a Western aesthetic, playing with the intersection and interpretation of cultures and ideas - a hybrid work in concept, creation and execution.
Created with semi-transparent, diaphanous paper and layering of inks to create a narrative of contemporary myths and characters that draw upon both Eastern and Western cultures. This poetic work relies on the natural materials - a sweep of a traditional brush laden with Chinese ink - precise but also random at the same time - water and ink – control and flow.
My artwork 'The Guardian' selected for exhibition at NSW Parliament House as part of a curated exhibition 'Artists of the Shoalhaven'The work is also from my series fusing Chinese traditional ink painting techniques with a Western aesthetic.
Selected for the 2014 Contemporary Watercolour Prize Exhibition at Wollongong Art Gallery.The work is from my series fusing Chinese traditional ink painting techniques with a Western aesthetic.
Awarded 2014 Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship
Thank you to the Veolia Mulwaree Trust for giving me this award in recognition of "commitment and contribution to the creative arts".
My multimedia ‘Wonderment’ exhibition which incorporated Chinese ink paintings, video, projection, installation and soundscape was created whilst Artist in Residence in the Department of Visual Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong 2013.
A major component of Wonderment was the first showing of work done as part of my multimedia MEOAW Project: My Extraordinary Onomatopoeic Animal World. Onomatopoeic words mimic the sounds they represent; the sound of the word imitates the sound the object makes.
My exhibition 'Cloud World' at Tsi Ku Chai Gallery, Central, Hong Kong was opened by Mr Paul Tighe, Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong & Macau. I was honoured to be the first foreign artist to be invited to exhibit in the fifty five year history of this long established gallery that works closely with the precious cultural heritage of the Chinese nation.
The Australian Federal Minister for the Arts announced in 2013 that I was selected as a finalist in the inaugural 'Australian Art in Asia Awards' for my Hidden Worlds Exhibition in Beijing, China in 2012. I was a finalist in two categories: Visual Arts and Individual.
'Hidden Worlds' was an artist-initiated project and the culmination of a number of years work in China and was included by the Australian Embassy as part of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations.
I was very honoured to be a finalist in these awards that recognises, celebrates and promotes the significant number of Australian artists engaging in Asia that contribute to stronger, deeper and broader cultural links within the Asian region. The finalists are a showcase of best practice arts and people-to-people engagement in Asia.
The Hidden Worlds exhibition was the result of a number of years work. I was lucky enough to have a great team of friends, collaborators and supporters both in Australia and in China. THANK YOU ALL!
My artwork 'Skippy & I - The Kangaroo & the Queen was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Nillumbik Prize at the Barn Gallery, Montsalvat. The artwork was created using rubbings of early Australian pennies on delicate Chinese shu xuan paper.
The kangaroo figure is made up of an amalgamation of rubbings of many early Australian pennies from different dates with the kangaroo side of the coin being used. I have then portrayed myself as ‘The Queen’ using the flip side of the coins which features Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II.
New works werre showcased in an exhibition "Hidden Dream" at East and West Art Gallery in Melbourne along with Chinese artist Chen Chun Rong. These new artworks fuse Chinese gongbi traditional ink painting techniques with a Western aesthetic to create an innovative contemporary style - a new genre that utilizes the natural character of the Chinese art materials. My exhibition at East and West Art Gallery was featured in Art Almanac magazine.
In Antibes, France my work is included in an exhibition DONS D'ARTISTES from May 18th at the Theatre of the Tribunal Place, Admiral BARNAUD.
In 2013 I was awarded an artist in residence at Kunstnarhuset Messen in Norway where I created artworks that responded to the environment around Ålvik using a multimedia palette: drawing, painting, photography, video, time lapse moving image, digital animation and sound
In 2012 my solo exhibition Hidden Worlds was at Harmony Space Art Gallery, Huantie Art City, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China.The exhibition was included as part of the official celebration of the 40th anniversary of Australia-China diplomatic relations in 2012.
In this magical exhibition I created dreamlike works, fusing Chinese traditional ink painting techniques with a Western aesthetic to create a new contemporary style. I have spent extensive time in China developing this new genre that utilises the natural character of the Chinese materials.
I use semi-transparent, diaphanous papers and layering of inks to create an enchanted world where, hidden within the image, new stories unfold… nothing is as it seems!
"In adopting Chinese painting techniques she has found an artistic carrier for her very creative and aesthetic taste allowing her to express this natural life. In the countless treasures of Australian multiculturalism, Chinese ink painting, with the “foreign monk, water ink lady” - Anna Glynn, uses a wonderful expressiveness that embraces the unique splendor of Chinese national culture."
Written by: Wang Wuji, Chinese contemporary art critic Beijing, 2012
In 2012 I was awarded an Avian Kingdom artist in residence in Sweden through ARNA. The Avian Kingdom is to become a UNESCO biosphere area. Michael Shirrefs talks to us about our experiences on ABC Radio National, Weekend Arts.
I worked in collaboration with scientist/biologist Peter Dalmazzo and spent time observing the local wildlife and birds, creating drawings, photographs, recording sounds and video. I created a new video work called ‘The Lost Swans & the Avian Kingdom’.
This is a wonderful collaboration with Swedish contemporary artists and composer Mats Edén.
In 2012 I spent time developing new practical skills and undertaking research at the IARB Where Where Curatorial Collective in Beijing, China. This contemporary art institute runs an international art program which operates as a residential research and production facility for the international artistic community.
My area of study was new interpretations using traditional Chinese ink and wash painting techniques and exploring innovative approaches with these traditional materials especially through video and sound.
A major retrospective of my work Shoalhaven Stories was held in 2012 at the Main Gallery Shoalhaven City Arts Centre. The Shoalhaven Stories series reflects my interest in how history and truth is created and interpreted.
Where is the line between a tall tale and historical fact? Where do storytelling, myth and folklore depart from historical ‘fact’? Shoalhaven Stories PDF of catalogue
“Contemporary Australian artist Anna Glynn has made the Shoalhaven her home for many years and during this time has been quietly observing and gathering stories – both her own and those from the community. In her Shoalhaven Stories series she expresses this rich collection of unusual and everyday events through painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, writing, sound and video.”
The Parallel Dreams Exhibition was held at Peking University, Centennial Hall in Beijing, China in 2011. It was very successful and has led to an invitation for me to work on future projects with Peking University.
The exhibition was included by the Australian Embassy in Beijing in 2011 as part of the Imagine Australia - the Year of Australian Culture in China.
The aim of Imagine Australia was to enhance friendly relations, promote exchange and further mutual understanding between Australia and China. The events showcased some of Australia's finest gems in performing arts projects and visual arts exhibitions.
Below is a video of the Parallel Dreams exhibition at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre where I talk to Tracey Glenn the Manager.
In 2011 I was artist in residence at the 24HR Art – International Studio Residency Program at Huantie Art City, Beijing. This is a program through a new partnership between 24HR Art - Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art and Asialink giving international professional development opportunities to artists from regional and remote areas.
I was supported in this residency by the NSW Government through Arts NSW. The residency exceeded my expectations with many new opportunities. It gave me the time to create new works and make lots of valuable personal ongoing artistic connections in China.
My Yarra River Stories sound piece was played in 2011 on ABC Radio National 360 Documentaries. This half hour program with my writing, sound and music recordings was really well received with lots of great comments posted on the ABC website.
This was produced by Gretchen Miller and the sound engineer was Russel Stapleton. Download or listen at http://www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2011/3192459.htm You can hear the story, in words and music as well as follow the tale through my paintings in their image gallery.
My animation work was included in Flight and Flow, the slideshow the Pool and 360documentaries team created from the Birdland and Rivers Projects. This showed on the big screen at Federation Square in 2011.
My two digital video artworks 'The Traveller' and 'Seven Dreams' were chosen as the first works to launch at SCOPE: the Albury City curated Digital Art Outdoor Gallery in 2011. QEII Square was transformed into a digital outdoor gallery. Multimedia works from around the country were showcased alongside short films.
The ‘Parallel Dreams' exhibition showed at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre late in 2010. The artworks by myself and Wu GuoWei from China are based on our cross-cultural, international collaboration over the past four years. This exhibition on the themes of nature, childhood and the dream world includes a rich tapestry of materials, juxtaposing the two cultures.
It shows: works from before we met, works created together and new works created as a response to our strange synchronicity. I have also created a new digital video artwork ‘Seven Dreams’ which includes original paintings, drawings, photographs, sound and animation.
Two artists & two worlds merge in an international collaboration exploring a strange synchronicity… paintings, collaborative drawings & digital video artwork… Anna Glynn from Australia & Wu GuoWei from China
Shoalhaven City Arts Centre 2010
I was awarded an artist-in-residence by the City of Antibes - France in 2010 to spend three months creating new multimedia works. I was honoured to be the first Australian artist invited to be part of the program located in the historic Villa Fontaine.
I was awarded 2010 Laughing Waters Artist in Residence in Melbourne with theatre director Anne-Louise Rentell. We are developing a new Australian contemporary theatre work - 'Digging a Hole to China' - a unique site-specific performance in the Australian landscape.
My Australian video art work 'verse versus...' won the Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2009 My digital video artwork 'Verse Versus...' won the Meroogal Women's Art Prize 2009. The art work was created as a response to Edward Lear’s poem ‘The New Vestments’, a story in a children’s book in the collection of the Historic Houses Trust property at Nowra – Meroogal.
It incorporates a mixture of techniques & media: drawing, painting photography, sound, animation and video/film. In essence a creation using a contemporary palette of artist’s tools.Thankyou to the women who graciously assisted in this work: voices - Megan Birmingham, Perrie Croshaw, Michelle Darlington, Sandra Lee, Dr Claire Manning, Indiana & Nicci Riley, figure in video - Ruth Sykes, knitted dogs - Cheryl Scowen
My painting 'The Brave Hunter' is the cover image for the latest edition of ‘A Concise History of Australia’ by Stuart Macintyre - Cambridge
I am pleased to have a work from my Bundanon / Shoalhaven Stories series chosen as the archetypal Australian image for this important publication.The previous edition cover featured a Sydney Nolan, Ned Kelly image so this follows in the tradition of interpreting Australian stories using our iconic landscapes.
"As the Crow Flies' - ink on paper was selected as a finalist in the 2009 Outback Art Prize at the the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery
Anna Glynn Australian digital video art animation, music clip 'Magnificent' of an inspirational Stepen Taberner song by the Spooky Mens Chorale. A 2009 prize winning animation where mastodon meets music, bath time is fun and air traffic control is done the old fashioned way.
In 2008 my work was included on Poetica ABC Australia Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Commission)
In Shanghai I met Chinese artist Wu GuoWei for the first time and we had a strange and immediate affinity through the similarity of our artwork. In 2008, the Australia China Council gave me an opportunity to spend extended time working with her in Liaoning Province, China exploring this compelling phenomenon.
Through this artistic connection followed a personal relationship - a dialogue between individuals extending our understanding of each other and our cultures.
We were awarded a Nillumbik Council / Parks Victoria, Laughing Waters Artist in Residence in 2008 to continue our collaboration in Australia. This was a very creative time spent in an Australian bush environment.
Our thanks go to Nillumbik Council and Parks Victoria for making this possible.
Our collaborative work was selected for the 'From Mao to Now Exhibition' 2008 at the Armory Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park, Australia.
Earlier in 2009 my series of drawings 'Sea Tales' were included in an exhibition at Gallery HM, Sydney. I chose works inspired by the historical collection of the Lady Denman Maritime Museum and used archival images and text as the starting point for the works. These included graphic drawings.
At the Shanghai International Art Fair 2007, I was one of three artists selected at the fair by the prestigious car company Roewe to create an artwork especially on one of their cars. I invited Chinese artist and friend Wu GuoWei to assist in the creation of this special artwork - a dream in pink with fluttering birds and dragonflies on a sleek black car.
I represented Australia in an international art exhibition titled 'Being' at the Zhu Qizhan Art Museum in Shanghai, November 2007. Zhu Qizhan Art Museum is one of the major public museums in Shanghai and serves as a platform for both traditional and contemporary art.
The exhibition theme ‘Being’ looked at the importance of nature, animals and the environment. I also presented a multi media work with narration based on my Strange Memories film for the opening ceremony of the exhibition working with a local performer Shao Bai who narrated in Mandarin.
Exhibition representing Australia at the Shanghai International Art Fair 2007
Exhibition representing Australia at the Guangzhou International Art Fair 2007
I was also a 'star' artist on the Australian Women's Art Register. The Women's Art Register is a collection of national significance used by artists, curators, teachers, students, researchers, designers and the general public.
Strange Memories Project Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC) www.merrigong.com.au
Strange Memories was selected for the Merrigong Theatre Development Program at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong Australia. In 2006 and 2007 we completed the first stage which was script development: exploring the theatrical ideas within the script with Director Anne-Louise Rentell.
The Australian Trade Commission
My work has been included in ‘Contemporary Australian Art,’ a book produced by Austrade. For more information go to Austrade's web site.
I have also been included in AusGallery NSW’, a CD of selected Australian artists for promotion to 58 countries.