About Anne Middleton

Through an extraordinarily refined and perfected painting technique, Anne Middleton explores our natural world in sublime detail. She examines the environment and our connectedness to it. Unapologetically beautiful, Anne’s paintings immerse the viewer in a utopian realm, minutely observed, with subjects as disarmingly familiar as a garden wren or a blossom in spring.

Anne’s deeply personal and poetic aesthetic has been developed over nearly thirty years of consistent dedication to her chosen medium of oil painting. Exhaustively accomplished to the most notable and exacting standards, Anne’s paintings are rendered with the empirical precision and fastidious accuracy of scientific illustration. Her paintings are equally placed within the domains of botanical science and that of the art museum.

Anne’s lineage as a painter draws richly from the classical, romantic and baroque artistic traditions that flourished in Europe during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Utilizing these techniques, Anne transforms her acute observations within each canvas to create epic testimonies to the wonders of nature. Anne’s works invite us to view the familiar, yet often over-looked, afresh.

Anne has significantly contributed to the contemporary artistic community both within Australia and on the international stage in Hong Kong, Italy, and the UK. In 2004, Anne was the first Australian to be awarded a Fellowship from the prestigious Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. Throughout her celebrated career, Anne has held ten solo exhibitions and participated in more than thirty Art Fairs and group shows internationally. Anne currently lives on the coast of South Western Victoria, and is a dedicated full-time artist.

Solo Exhibitions
2017  The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne – Gates of Paradise
2015  Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London – Gates of Paradise
2013  Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London – Gates of Paradise
2008  Indabella, Pokfulam, Hong Kong – Flores
2005  Albert Park Gallery, Melbourne – Artist in Study
2001  Fenix Restaurant, Melbourne – Nourish
2001  Hotel Sofitel Melbourne – Fronds
2000  Hotel Sofitel Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Exhibition – Nourish
1999  Hotel Sofitel Melbourne – Nourish
1998  Span Galleries Melbourne – Creases

Group Exhibitions
2021  Art Gallery of Western Australia – The Lester Prize,
2020  National Portrait Gallery, CanberraDarling Portrait Prize,
2018  Art Gallery of New South Wales – Archibald, Wynne & Sulman Prizes,
2016  The Gallery, St Kilda Town Hall, Melbourne –The Botanic Garden
2006  Albert Park Gallery – Oceania australis
2006  Albert Park Gallery – Mother, Father, Daughter.
2006  The Hon. John Thwaites Offices, Treasury Place, East Melbourne, Southside Arts
2005  Toyota Community Spirit Gallery – Neomillenium
2005  Sofitel Melbourne, – Art & Soul
2004  Toyota Community Spirit Gallery – Bridge
2003  Albert Park Gallery – Lush
2002  Charles Nodrum Gallery – The Painted Fold
1999  Old Treasury, Melbourne – The Deep South
1998  Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne – Fuse
1995  Palazzo Massi, Arezzo, Italy
1989  Massoni Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
1989  Women’s Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Art Fairs
2015  Art Stage Singapore
2015  Sydney Contemporary Art Fair
2011 – 2014  Art Fairs in Singapore, Toronto, London, Hamptons, New York & Melbourne

2004  Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Genoa, Italy

2018  Archibald Prize Peoples Choice Award

Tuscan Region Municipal Collection, Italy
Coburg Peninsula Sanctuary board, Gurig National Park Australia
Il Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella, Prato, Italy
Parliament of Victoria, Australia