Anna Glynn is a female artist born in Australia, currently working in Australia.
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Anna Glynn is an Australian contemporary multimedia artist, whose work includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, writing, music, sound, installation, film, animation and theatre. She has exhibited in commercial and public galleries in Australia and overseas including Peking University and the Art Museum of Zhu Qi Zhan in China and the Kyoto Museum in Japan. At the invitation of the Australian Trade Commission she has exhibited in USA, Canada & China. She has had exhibitions at the Australian Museum, Shanghai Art Fair, Korean International Art Fair and through State public galleries. Her work is represented in government, corporate and private collections.

“I am intrigued by the natural world and the accompanying underlying narrative. My work reflects a strong and powerful relationship to landscape and nature. My inspiration comes from an intimate deeply emotional connection which developed from my childhood on a rural property and continues as an adult regional artist. I use this substance and spirit as my foundation to create visually poetic multimedia artwork which investigates this connection to the land and place: the ephemeral, the fleeting layers of time, the past and present overlapping and resonating with memories and stories.”

In 2009 her painting ‘The Brave Hunter’ was selected for the cover of Cambridge University Press ‘A Concise History of Australia’. The preceding edition cover image featured a Sidney Nolan, Ned Kelly image, so Glynn follows in this tradition of interpreting Australian stories using our iconic landscapes.

She has been included in the following publications: ‘Contemporary Australian Art,’ ‘Artists and Galleries of Australia,’ ‘A Dictionary of Women Artists in Australia,’ ‘Who’s Who of Australian Visual Artists’, ‘A Buyers Guide to Australian Art’ and the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online.

Her sound works have been played on ABC Australia Radio National’s Poetica program and in 2011 ‘360 Documentaries’ featured her ‘Yarra River Stories’ of writing, music and sound. In 1998 she received an International Women’s Day Award for her contribution to ‘Women, Art & the Community’.

In 2012 she has been awarded an Avian Kingdom artist in residence in Sweden through ARNA creating a new series of works that use a combination of drawings and paintings, photos, video and sound. Also in 2012 she will be artist in residence with IARB Curatorial Collective in Beijing, China as well as having a solo exhibition in Huantie Art City. She will also have a solo exhibition in the Main gallery at the Shoalhaven City Arts Centre of her Shoalhaven Stories series.

In 2011 she was artist in residence in the 24HR Art – International Studio Residency Program, Beijing – a partnership between 24HR Art and Asialink. She was supported in this residency by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.

In 2010 she was awarded an artist-in-residence by the City of Antibes – France and spent three months creating new multimedia works. She was awarded a 2010 Laughing Waters Artist in Residence in Melbourne with theatre director Anne-Louise Rentell to develop a new Australian contemporary theatre work – ‘Digging a Hole to China’ – a unique site-specific performance in the Australian landscape.

Her digital video artworks have received awards: ‘The Traveller’ won the Animation section at the 2010 International Film Festival Ireland and was selected to show in Germany in 2011. This film was also selected as the premier work to launch the Albury Regional Gallery 2011 Outdoor Digital Gallery. In a unanimous decision by the panel of three judges, her digital video artwork ‘Verse Versus’ won the 2009 Historic Houses Trust, Meroogal Women’s Art Prize.

Since 2006 she has been involved in Parallel Dreams, an international collaboration with Wu GuoWei from Liaoning Province, northern China. Neither spoke a common language apart from their art. On seeing each other’s paintings they were deeply moved by the uncanny similarity. The dreams and stories reflecting two very different places seemed to have a synchronicity across place and time.

The two artists have been exploring how they came to a similar creative place yet grew up a world apart. Working together, both in China and Australia, with little common language the processes in their art making has been challenging but also refreshing – back to basic communication where drawing is a means of communication.

In 2008, the Australia China Council gave Glynn the opportunity to spend time working in Liaoning Province China with Wu. Later that same year both artists were also awarded a Nillumbik Council artist in residence in Victoria near Glynn’s childhood home. This gave them time together in key creative places that greatly influenced their arts practice and content – the places of their childhood.

Through their artistic connection a strong personal relationship has developed. They have worked together in creating artworks that capture the poetry of being a child: the images, language, sounds, games, stories and the emotions associated. The two artists & their two worlds merge and this strange synchronicity is shown in their paintings using traditional Chinese paper and inks, collaborative drawings & evocative digital video artwork.

The project continues to develop and Glynn is collaborating with Australian Director Anne-Louise Rentell on ‘Digging a Hole to China’ a unique site-specific performance in the Australian landscape. This is a piece of image based theatre for children and adults alike, a unique interaction with landscape, story and art during a promenade outdoor performance.

The international collaborative exhibition with Chinese artist Wu GuoWei – ‘Parallel Dreams’ was shown in Australia in 2010 and in Beijing, China in 2011.