Endomyne, John Keats, 1818
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.
Anne Middleton introduces us to a mythological world that is impervious to the perils of time. Through painting, Anne captures a utopian vision that connects us to an immutable world of exquisite beauty. She examines the beauty of the environment and our connectedness to it in reference to the wonders of nature rendered in glorious detail. This is a world that can only be attained through Anne’s exceptional paintings: a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Anne’s deeply personal and poetic aesthetic has been developed over nearly thirty years of consistent dedication to her chosen medium of oil painting. Her paintings are not only beautiful, they are accomplished to the most notable and exacting standards. Each painting takes Anne many months to complete, and her artistic competence enables her to transform paint with empirical exactitude rendered with the fastidious accuracy of scientific illustration. Her paintings are equally placed within the domains of botanical science and 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 monuments. Anne’s works invite us to view the familiar in a new way.
Anne has significantly contributed to the contemporary artistic community both within Australia and on the international stage in Hong Kong, Italy, and the UK. She has held ten solo exhibitions and participated in more than thirty Art Fairs and group shows. Anne is fully committed to excellence in her painting practice and has improved and built her skills through participation in international residencies and workshops. In 2004, Anne was the first Australian to be awarded a Fellowship from the prestigious Bogliasco Foundation in Italy. She currently works full-time painting in her Albert Park studio. Anne is Director of Anne Middleton Gallery.
1995 Diploma of Techniques in Mural Painting,
Il Laboratorio per Affresco di Vainella, Prato Italy
1985 - 1988 Bachelor of Education (Arts & Crafts)
Melbourne College of Advanced Education/Melbourne University
Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, Genoa Italy, September/October 2004 Expertise in traditional and contemporary techniques of paint application, including traditional oil glazing methods, direct oil painting, egg tempera on board, and pastel painting.
Theoretical and working knowledge of the following techniques (traditional and contemporary) of fresco painting: buon-fresco, secco (egg, milk,casein and glue temperas) encausto, stucco-lucido and sgraffito. Contemporary techniques of stucco (Ornamental
2015 Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London
2013 Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery, London GATES OF PARADISE
2009 Lovegrove Winery, Yarra Valley, LUSH RIPE JUICY
2008 Indabella, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
2006 Anne Middleton Gallery- Artist In Residence
2005 Anne Middleton Gallery
2001 Fenix Restaurant
2000 Hotel Sofitel Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Exhibition
1999 Hotel Sofitel Melbourne SOURCE
1998 Span Galleries Melbourne CREASES
2011 - 2015 Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery , Art Fairs in Singapore, Toronto, London, Hamptons, New York, Melbourne.
2006 Anne Middleton Gallery OCEANIA AUSTRALIS
2006 Anne Middleton Gallery, MOTHER, FATHER, DAUGHTER.
2006 Southside Arts - Hon. John Thwaites Offices, Treasury Place, East Melbourne
2005 Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, NEOMILLENIUM
2005 Albert Park Gallery, THE COLLECTOR'S SHOW
2005 Anne Middleton Gallery, ART & SOUL
2005 Anne Middleton Gallery, LANDSCAPE
2005 Sofitel Melbourne, ART & SOUL
2004 Albert Park Gallery, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2004 Albert Park Gallery, THE INNER LANDSCAPE
2004 Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, BRIDGE
2004 Albert Park Gallery, COLOUR
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
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