Ann Wilkinson PS 

Education/Career

Ann Wilkinson was born in Derbyshire but moved to Lancashire as a child where she grew up.
After attending The Hume Grammar School for Girls in Oldham, she took a foundation course at Oldham School of Art and transferred to Manchester College of Art.

On getting married, Ann moved to Warwickshire and completed her training at Birmingham College of Art.  Ann lived in Atherstone, Warwickshire, where she raised three children and taught at the local secondary school.  While at college and for many years afterwards Ann worked solely in oils doing still life and landscapes.  Around 20 years ago she discovered pastels for the first time after going out to work on a landscape.  She never looked back. She was amazed at the immediate effects she could achieve with this easy-to-use medium.  Ann didn’t use oils again for many years, working consistently instead to develop and refine her pastel technique.  While living in Warwickshire Ann was elected member of the Leicester Society of Artists. She is also a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Ann holds these groups in high regard and still exhibits with them.

In 2003 Ann moved to Surrey and became a member of the Pastel Society in 2005.  She is Secretary for the Friends of the Society which has given her many opportunities. Ann has relished the chance to meet many talented people who are enthusiastic about pastels and art in general.

Exhibitions

Ann has worked and exhibited in Oman and Amsterdam: held workshops in Southern Ireland: exhibited in Leicester, Birmingham, Surrey and the Mall galleries.

Artists’ Statement

I am happiest when working in my studio where I can study the object in front of me in a controlled situation. It’s like making a jigsaw puzzle where every object produces spaces and shadows which fit together to make a cohesive, interesting painting.

 

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Biographical Details:

After studying Art & Design at Sutton & Cheam School of Art and a guest scholarship to the Royal Academy Schools, Jenny went on to train as a medical artist, illustrating surgery and anatomy. She worked in London Teaching Hospitals, before turning freelance and publication work in both medicine and natural history.

Breaking away from this discipline over a decade ago to return to the freedom of painting and developing her own work as well as teaching.

Societies:

The Pastel Society
Chelsea Arts Society

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes:

Caran D'Ache Award 2017

Exhibitions:

Pastel Society, Mall Galleries, London
Reading Guild of Artists
Henley Guild of Arts & Crafts
Whiteknights Studio Trail
Art in Hospital RBH
Chelsea Art Society
Regatta – Henley
John Noott Gallery, July 2017

Solo Exhibitions:

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – at the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading – 24 May - 30 June 2013

Silchester – Life on the Dig
at the Old Fire Station Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
Saturday 24 October - Tuesday 3 November 2015

Articles & Publications:

Pushing the Limits – Jenny Halstead
by Anne Hevener, The Pastel Journal (USA) – December 2011

Large, Loose and Colourful – Jenny Halstead
by Ken Gofton, The Artist - March 2012

The Not So Secret Garden – Jenny Halstead
Berkshire Life – May 2013

An Artist in the Garden – Jenny Halstead
The Artist – May 2013

'The Artist's Year in the Harris Garden' – published by Two Rivers Press – May 2013

Invited Artist in Residence – Silchester excavation
(The Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum)

Silchester - Life on the Dig
by Jenny Halstead & Michael Fulford
published by Two Rivers Press, October 2015

Artist invited to record a year in the life of The High Sheriff of Berkshire 'A Chain of Office' 2016/2017

Website:

http://www.jennyhalstead.co.uk/ 

     


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