Anne Walmsley

I’m a regional artist of a certain age and taking my time to smell the sweet peas has become very important. “The pause makes it possible for a locality to become a centre of felt value” (Tuan, Y F. Space and Place. The Perspective of Experience 2005)

In my work I investigate my ‘locality’ with paint or found objects, using traditional or non-traditional craft techniques in 2d or 3d formats. I explore ideas of belonging, time and memory using everyday domestic objects and spaces. By capturing ordinary suspended glimpses in paint or re-using old materials to create new objects, I link ‘place’ with feeling and reflect the antithesis of the hi-tech, rushed, time-driven world of contemporary urban existence.

The material I choose with its imbued meanings, along with the process of making are considered elements in my work. In recent years I’ve been manipulating textiles -clothes and blankets - into simple cube shapes. I see them as a kind of soft building block or a feminized minimal cube. The repetitive act of the process of the making and the use of multiples echo the repetition of simple everyday living. I may spend years hand making a work. It becomes a meditation.

The experience of the slow tradition of painting is important to me. It inherently pauses time. Its uniqueness and ability to create illusion from tangible base elements is fascinating and I honour the time laboured skills and craftsmanship of the practice.

Anne Walmsley

ARTIST STATEMENT 'WIP' (Work in Progress) 2018 - Anne Walmsley

After a period of absence I have just started painting again.

These four works present my lead up to future projects in both my painting and textile base practices.

The two textile 'paintings' are made up of babies’ booties, bonnets, matinée jackets and little jumpers…all lovingly hand knitted and worn by some much loved babies and toddlers. These are sewn into 'cubes' and assembled flat on a painting support in a grid like pattern. They’re a romantic and nostalgic response to 'women’s work' and creative spirit merged with influences of a mainly patriarchal history of Minimalism and Post Modernism.

The two more traditional still-lives depict some objects I use and reflect my 'getting back into' painting. Valuing and elevating the 'ordinary' and 'everyday'  is always a big part of my work. Of course my ever present cup of tea is a tool that initiates reflection and focus and is often in one hand while working. 

ARTIST STATEMENT 'reincarnation' 2018 - Anne Walmsley

Ordinary death gives us advanced warning of its arrival …. (1)

I was prepared….

I have been plagued and privileged to witness the process of decline and death of a loved one. I felt the beginning of her absence well before her last breath.

Some of her happiest moments were propagating and nurturing her much loved garden. I cultivate and cherish her garden now as she once did and there her presence continues and we “talk”.

(1) Philippe Aries. The hour of our death, 1981. Oxford Uni Press. NY.

Exhibitions

  • Tue 11 Dec - Sat 29 Dec 2018 'WIP' (Work in Progress) - Group Exhibition

    STALA CONTEMPORARY is proud to celebrate the opening of its new gallery premises with a celebratory group exhibition 'WIP (Work in Progress' running 11 -29 December 2018. Featuring an exuberant and eclectic assembly of 17 exceptional artists:

    Adam Hisham Ismail/ Alex Maciver/ Anna Sabadini/ Anne Walmsley/ Ayad Alqaragholli/ Denise Pepper/ Di Cubitt/ Ellen Norrish/ Jarrad Martyn/ Kathryn Haug/ Kim Hyunji/ Liam Dee/ Marcia Espinosa/ Michelle Hyland/ Richard Healy/ Sue Leeming/ Wade Taylor

    Affordable/Collectable Art from the West End Arts Precinct to you!

  • Tue 13 Mar - Fri 23 Mar 2018 'reincarnation' - Group Exhibition

    'reincarnation' is the first group exhibition to celebrate the launch of STALA CONTEMPORARY. Running TUESDAY 13 - Friday 23 March 'reincarnation' features a stellar line up of 13 diverse and dynamic contemporary artists from WA, Melbourne and Sydney,. STALA CONTEMPORARY is thrilled to be featuring painting, drawing and sculptures by Richard Healy (Sydney), Kim Hyunji (Melbourne), Kathryn Haug, Jarrad Martyn, Alex Maciver, Wade Taylor, Michelle Hyland, Di Cubitt, Ayad Alqaragholli, Marcia Espinosa, Anne Walmsley, Ellen Norrish and Adam Hisham Ismail.

    Participating artists have been invited to exhibit new or recent works that respond to the theme of reincarnation.

  • Thu 22 Oct - Sat 05 Dec 2015 'Cold Light' - Anne Walmsley

    This beautiful painting exhibition expands on a continuing project of Anne Walmsley's experiences in France and Catalonia observed and felt through an extremely cold spring. Romanticism, beauty, nostalgia and time permeate the paintings of 'Cold Light'...a collection of interiors, exteriors and still life paintings that observe tradition. This is Anne's third solo at emerge. 

  • Wed 30 Apr - Sat 24 May 2014 'La Maison Rose' - Anne Walmsley

    emerge is thrilled to show the follow-up painting solo to Anne Walmsley's sell-out first show in 2012. The works are the culmination of a residency in France in 2013 and will be eagerly anticipated!

  • Wed 17 Oct - Fri 02 Nov 2012 'In My Cupboard' - Anne Walmsley and 'Luminosity' - Alana McVeigh

    The first painting solo exhibition by Anne Walmsley at emerge ART SPACE. In My Cupboard is a still-life series that have a nostalgic feel. These works are part of Anne's on-going investigations into the ordinary, domestic ‘everyday’. She values objects, materials or spaces as carriers of time and memory.


Works

ANNE WALMSLEY - Babies

ANNE WALMSLEY - Babies 

textiles on board 2018, 40.7 x 40.7cm

$1,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Cup of tea

ANNE WALMSLEY - Cup of tea 

acrylic on board 2018, 40.7 x 40.7cm

$1,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Frangipani

ANNE WALMSLEY - Frangipani 

acrylic on board 2018, 120 x 120cm

$3,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Germination

ANNE WALMSLEY - Germination 

acrylic on board 2018, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Little kids

ANNE WALMSLEY - Little kids 

textiles on board 2018, 40.7 x 40.7cm

$1,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Yarn

ANNE WALMSLEY - Yarn 

acrylic on board 2018, 40.7 x 40.7cm

$1,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - 1 Pillow 2

ANNE WALMSLEY - 1 Pillow 2 

acrylic on board 2016, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - 2 Pillows 3

ANNE WALMSLEY - 2 Pillows 3 

acrylic on board 2016, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - 2 pillows 1

ANNE WALMSLEY - 2 pillows 1 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - 2 pillows 2

ANNE WALMSLEY - 2 pillows 2 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Barcelona balcony

ANNE WALMSLEY - Barcelona balcony 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Bed covers

ANNE WALMSLEY - Bed covers 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Bed drapes

ANNE WALMSLEY - Bed drapes 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Boar plate

ANNE WALMSLEY - Boar plate 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Embroidered curtain

ANNE WALMSLEY - Embroidered curtain 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Facade 4 windows

ANNE WALMSLEY - Facade 4 windows  

acrylic on board 2015, 130 x 130cm

$3,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Facade balcony

ANNE WALMSLEY - Facade balcony 

acrylic on board 2015, 130 x 130cm

$3,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Facade Roman

ANNE WALMSLEY - Facade Roman 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Knitting

ANNE WALMSLEY - Knitting 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Old French lace

ANNE WALMSLEY - Old French lace 

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm

$1,400.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Window

ANNE WALMSLEY - Window 

acrylic on board 2015, 130 x 130cm

$3,200.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Cinquième Niveau 2

ANNE WALMSLEY - Cinquième Niveau 2 

acrylic on board 2014, 61 x 61cm

$1,300.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Premier Niveau 2

ANNE WALMSLEY - Premier Niveau 2 

acrylic on board 2014, 61 x 61cm

$1,300.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Premier Niveau 3

ANNE WALMSLEY - Premier Niveau 3 

acrylic on board 2014, 61 x 61cm

$1,300.00
ANNE WALMSLEY - Lace balcony

ANNE WALMSLEY - Lace balcony sold

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm 

ANNE WALMSLEY - Lace balcony with stop sign

ANNE WALMSLEY - Lace balcony with stop sign sold

acrylic on board 2015, 60 x 60cm 

ANNE WALMSLEY - Troisième Niveau 2

ANNE WALMSLEY - Troisième Niveau 2 sold

acrylic on board 2014, 61 x 61cm