Approved: 11.12.2012

Anne Guest


Approved: 11.12.2012

My practice is an exploration of the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of the natural world.

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      Artist Statement

      My practice is an exploration of the beauty, fragility and vulnerability of the natural world.

      The inspiration for my artwork comes from the nature. Natural history has always been a passion of mine - I look at the natural world with awe and wonder but with an awareness of the increasing fragility and vulnerability it faces because of today's environmental challenges.

      Some of my work celebrates the beauty of wild flowers, meadows and hedgrows and their relationship to insects, birds and small mammals.

      Other work is inspired by the fact that the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world (Natural History Museum 2021). The intensification of agriculture has resulted in loss of habitats and there is an increase in pollution due to our throw away culture.  I am interested in how we simultaneously celebrate nature whilst trashing it with our detritus. This is leading to a decrease in some insect and bird species.




      CV & Education


      2006 - MA Fine Art (Distinction), Birmingham City University, Birmingham 

      2005 - BA Fine Art (First Class Honours), Birmingham City University, Birmingham

      Solo exhibitions

      2022 -Shadows in the Sun, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery

      2020-21- Under the Sun, Fulham Palace, London

      2020 - Shadows of the Sun, The Coach House Gallery, Birmingham

      2018 - Awe and Wonder, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery 

      2018 - Fragile, Number 8 Gallery, Pershore

      2012 - I have glimpsed the future, Aedas, Birmingham

      2011 - I am not myself, VINYL, Birmingham

      2 Person Exhibitions

      2023 - Wall Stories, Artery Gallery, Worcester

      2017 - Foreshadow, Showcase Gallery, Birmingham

      2016 - Foreshadow, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

      2014 - A Sign of the Times, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

      2013 - Shadow, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

      2013 - A Sign of the Times, Midland Art Centre, Birmingham

      Selected Group exhibitions

      2023 - Leamington Open, Leamington Spa

      2022- West Midlands Open, New Art Gallery, Walsall

      2022- FiftyBees5, ACEarts, Somerton

      2021- Prize Photography Exhibition, RBSA, Birmingham

      2020 - FiftyBees4, Black Swan Arts, Frome

      2019 - PrizePhotography Exhibtion, RBSA, Birmingham

      2016 - Ruskin Drawing Prize, Walsall and London

      2016 - Wirksworth Arts Festival, Wirksworth

      2015 - Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes

      2015 - The Big Hoot, Birmingham

      2014 - Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes

      2014 - West Midlands Open 2014

      2011 - London Group Open, Cello Factory, London

      2008 - Jerwood Drawing prize Exhibition, Various, London, Cheltenham, Winchester, Bury St Edmunds, Durham

      Residencies and Projects

      2018 - Portrait of an Alternative Anatomy; A Turn for the Better, Birmingham

      2014 - Soul to Sole, Croome Court, Worcester

      2009 - Unnatural Selection, Rea Garden, Birmingham

      Public Commissions

      2017 - The Big Sleuth, Birmingham

      2015 - The Big Hoot, Birmingham