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.
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
2021 Art Gallery of Western Australia – The Lester Prize,
2020 National Portrait Gallery, Canberra – Darling 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
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