Anne Middleton painting Stellar diabolus (Star of Lucifer): 2011
Malum rubens: 2012, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Prunis avis (Cherry Ripe I): 2009, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Stella diabolus in gemmare: 2010, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Gates of Paradise: Nine adjoining panels, 2010
If they say the moon is blue: 2012, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Sakura: the souls of downed warriors, 2013, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Grow me a garden of roses: 2013, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Black cherry II: 2009, Oil on Belgian Linen, 96 x 126cm
Anne Middleton in 2013 painting Thy duck, thy sister. Consider your change of heart.
Anne Middleton has been painting professionally for over twenty years during which time she has significantly contributed to the contemporary artistic community both within Australia and on the international stage. Anne has exhibited in Hong Kong, Italy, UK and Australia. She has held nine solo exhibitions and participated in twenty-five group shows. Anne is fully committed to excellence in her painting practice and has sought to improve and build her skills through participation in international residencies and workshops. She is a passionate environmentalist and her paintings explore the beauty of the environment and our connectedness to it.
Anne's current series of oil paintings Gates of Paradise, references life from our oceans interwoven with birds, insects, flowers and fruits in a giant mandala of swirling pattern and glorious colour. Researched and developed over the past four years, Gates of Paradise pushes the boundaries of botanical art and photorealism to engage with notions of the sublime through Anne's detailed magnification of nature and natural phenomena. Gates of Paradise extends well beyond an aesthetic response to the beauty in natural forms; this series of work exists as a means to inspire the viewer to engage with fundamental questions about our relationship with the environment.
Anne's practice draws richly from the classical, romantic and baroque artistic traditions that flourished in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. Utilising these techniques, Anne creates fastidiously rendered depictions of the natural world on large linen canvases (960mm x 1260mm). She transforms her acute observations within each canvas into epic monuments through a method of gridding: each canvas locks visually with the others to form an enduring visual statement that is all-encompassing in scale. It is through this technique that we are confronted with and inspired to reconsider our impact on this fragile planet. Anne's works invite us to view the familiar in a new way.
Anne's work features on the front cover of Resurgence & Ecologist, Issue 283, March/April 2014.