About Anita

Anita graduated in Fine Art-Painting, from Prahran College in 1983. During 1984 she became a member of a printmakers and painters studio in Middle Park, Melbourne with Jon Cattapan, Bill Young & Josephine Rowbury. She commenced printmaking with Bill Young at this studio.studio exterior

Port Jackson Press first published Anita’s prints in 1985-1993 then with Chrysalis Publishing from 1993-1998. She has been a hand colourist for the prints of Michael Leunig, John Spooner and Geoff la Gerche at Chrysalis Publishing. Anita has also assisted ceramic artist Deborah Halpern with her mosaic sculpture, significantly on ‘Portal To Another Time And Place’ for the 2005 Helen Lempriere Sculpture Award.

Anita has exhibited her paintings and linocut prints annually at The Muse Gallery of Milawa since 2004. In 2005 2006 & 2007  she shared the exhibition with her brother, metal sculptor, Malcolm Laurence. These exhibitions saw Anita explore ways to combine the textured surfaces  with her love of line, colour and paint on paper as well as develop her black and white series of linocuts of the North East landscape.  Anita  returned to painting on linen and canvas for her 2007 exhibition which explored the emotional impact of the 2006/07 King Valley bushfires in her paintings of the landscape. First hand experience, memory, oral stories and photos of the fires inspired these images. Anita has participated in numerous group exhibitions, especially at the Wangaratta Art Gallery.

In 2007 Anita was a co organiser of the ‘Where There’s Smoke…’ a fire photo exhibition. This project collected photos from the community and collated them into an exhibition with over 100 photos and stories. The exhibition won the Rural City of Wangaratta 2008 Australia Day Community Event Award.

In early 2009 Anita was a visiting artist with Bill Young at the Cork Printmakers, Cork City, Ireland.  Her ‘Corcaigh’ linocut print of Cork City was acquired in the Open Section of the 2009 Silk Cut Award for linocut prints , becoming part of the Silk Cut Foundation Collection which is gifted to the National Gallery of Australia . She has also been a finalist in  2010, 2011, 2014 & 2015.

Since 2009 Anita has been a Artist in Residence each year at The Art Vault, in Mildura, Victoria where she developed a series of artworks exploring the social history of the region in the exhibitions ‘SunRaysed’ , Along the Way’ & ‘Milawa to The Millewa’.

A member of the organising committee for the Annual King Valley Art Show since 2004 she has been strongly involved in her local community.

In 2013 she collaborated with her brother Malcolm Laurence on the design and construction of the St Bernard Primary School 50th Anniversary mural sculpture.

 

 

Her prints and paintings can be found in the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; National Australia Bank collection; Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection; Silk Cut Foundation Collection, National Gallery of Australia; Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga; Mildura Arts Centre; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery and numerous private collections in Australia, Italy, Ireland, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, UK and the USA.

 

Anita Laurence 2018 CV 3 PAGE

Read the press release for the Anita Laurence exhibition at Muse Gallery in 2005