Anne Barkley OSA SCA
Biography Anne Barkley OSA SCA 2021
My subject matter is eclectic, often abstracted; my process, intuitive. The paintings lead my continuing quest through exciting new forms of expression.
In my work, I endeavour to capture something of the spirit of people and their environments, often inspired by the beauty of our Canadian landscape. I invite the viewer to step into a world of simple but strong abstract shapes and beautiful colours, and to respond by finding a personal meaning. That response seems to bring the fulfillment or completion of my creation. The images invite the viewer to enter and negotiate the implied spaces, to study what is seen or imagined, to write their own story.
Memberships, Fellowships, Awards
I am an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, the Ontario Society of Artists, and a fellow of the Ottawa Watercolour Society. I have four times been invited to exhibit at the Bienalle in Florence Italy, and I did exhibit there in 2009.
I have won awards for my work, including with Ottawa Watercolour Society, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Ottawa Mixed Media Artists, and at The Artist Project in Toronto.
I co-founded and participated in the South Dundas Artists Guild. Since that time I have actively participated in many other groups: St Lawrence College Alumni Association, Thousand Islands Fine Arts Association, Brockville Artists Studio, Cornwall Regional Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Association, Ottawa Water Colour Society, Ottawa Mixed Media Association, Art Association of the Visual Arts Eastern Ontario, and Eastern and Central Ontario Artists Association. I was also a member of the Ottawa Artists Cooperative, GalleriArt, for its lifetime. I belong to CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation).
My work has been exhibited at many galleries and shows. A list of some of these:
Galleries: Ottawa Art Gallery, Leonardo Gallery, Wellington Street Art Gallery, Denison Gallery, PI Creative Art, Karger Gallery, cube Gallery, Brockville (several)
Shows: Toronto Art Expo, Ottawa Art Expo, Toronto Artist Project, Toronto Outdoor Show