Anita lives and works in King Valley, North East Victoria, Australia, with her husband master printmaker Bill Young. Together they operate professional printmaking studios that cater for their own ongoing collaborative projects and those of visiting artists.
A painter and printmaker, Anita’s most recent paintings, linocut prints and etchings depict the region she lives in as well as Mildura, Tasmania and Ireland where she has visited as an artist. She is interested in depicting the social history of these places.
Anita exhibits her work with a number of regional galleries.
She exhibited at The Muse Gallery of Milawa from 2003-2016 in solo and joint exhibitions with her brother Sculptor Malcolm Laurence. In 2013 they collaborated on the design and construction of the St Bernard Primary School 50th Anniversary mural sculpture.
Artist in Residence annually at The Art Vault in Mildura since 2009, her prints and paintings depicting the region were exhibited in solo shows ‘Milawa To The Millewa’ 2017; ‘New Work’ 2015; ‘Along The Way’ 2012 and ‘SunRaysed’ 2010. Other solo exhibitions include ‘Under A Blue Sky’ at Off Centre Gallery, Milawa 2017 and The Art Vault 2018; ‘Town & Country’ The Muse Gallery of Milawa 2012; ‘Here & There’ Falkner Gallery Castlemaine 2011; Yalumba Wine Room Angaston SA 2011; ‘Horizons’ at Wangaratta Art Gallery 2009. She has also exhibited in many group exhibitions in numerous galleries, most recently ‘Editions 21’ at Tacit Gallery in Collingwood.
Anita is strongly involved in her local community through King Valley Arts who run the annual King Valley Art Show and King Valley Arts Presents which brings live performances to the region.
After graduating in Fine Art-Painting, from Prahran College in 1983 she became a member of a printmakers and painters studio in Middle Park, Melbourne in 1984 with Jon Cattapan, Bill Young & Josephine Rowbury. This is where she renewed her interest in printmaking. Port Jackson Press published her prints from 1985 to 1993 then Chrysalis Publishing from 1993 to 2008.
Her prints and paintings can be found in the National Australia Bank collection; Wangaratta Art Gallery Collection; Silk Cut Foundation Collection, National Gallery of Australia; Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga; Mildura Arts Centre; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Federation Council, Corowa NSW; Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute; The Northside Group, St. Leonards NSW; Wangaratta Dialysis Centre; Albury/Wodonga Patient and Carer Accommodation Centre and numerous private collections in Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Ireland, Japan, UK and the USA.