AFNAN ARTIST: ANNABELLE SMITH BIGNO

March 8, 2018

Born and raised in Scotland of French and Scottish parents, Annabelle has lived, painted and exhibited work in Oman, Venezuela, France, the US and the UAE from 2001 to 2018.

3 years study at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, Texas allowed her to further skills in inks, watercolor and acrylics and led to shows held at Canal Street Gallery, in the Glassell perimeter, at the Watercolor Society of Houston, in Skyline Art Services as well as in various smaller venues. In France in 2014-2015 she presented her first solo show and participated in several group shows in Pau.

Since arriving in the UAE two years ago, she has exhibited several times in Etihad Modern Art Gallery, the National Theatre, Dubai International Art Centre, the Club Gallery and currently in the Reflections Gallery Abu Dhabi, UR Art Gallery, the Kempinski Hotel in Ajman and in April the Fairmont, Abu-Dhabi. She paints in her studio and at the National Theatre where she also gives workshops.

In her art she likes to play with that fine line between abstract and figurative. Just to portray a form on canvas is not enough – she is interested in how the subject fuses and interplays with its context. In her paintings the subject matter is entwined into its universe, using composition and a series of washes which transverse a collage of threads and texture. Pigments sift and merge together in a dance of colours, lines and form. It is a magical art form which never sits still.

 

 

 

 

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