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Biography

Anna HayFor a visual artist, 21st Century Northern England is an inspiring place to be.  It is a place where Nature meets expired man-made 19th century textile mills that can be seen in both rural town and urban city alike.  The demise of these buildings has created the opportunity for Nature to meld with and reclaim the derelict shells and their rich history with renewed organic growth.  It is an area for play on texture and colour as a visual artist.  This is an aspect I am increasingly visiting in my work.

The textile industry is a part of my here and now and also a part of my own social history in Central Scotland.  My father's family were mill workers or tailors and this is from where I feel my interest in texture has evolved.

Dundee in 1989 was where I first embarked upon an art course to address my desire to further my art.  It was a stepping stone where I discovered a real love of colour when I had to paint a scene depicting a corner of the art studio.  My objective was to paint the many colours I could see.  The outcome was that I began to look at colour in a different and much deeper way.

In 1993 I moved to Yorkshire where I studied an Advanced GNVQ course in Art and Design at Keighley College.  Keighley is a small town born from the woollen industry which flourished so strongly in its West Yorkshire city neighbours of Bradford and Leeds.  It nestles in the hills of the south Pennines - a wild and rugged landscape of upland moors and lowland dales.  I was strongly influenced by the raw industrial feel of Keighley as well as the opportunities which arose at the college to allow me to further investigate colour.  It was here that I first developed an appreciation of Vincent van Gogh's work and this was to stay with me in my further studies elsewhere immediately after leaving Keighley.mill window

My next place of study was the College of York St. John in the mediaeval city of York, the County Town of Yorkshire.  It was here that I came to study for my B.A. (Hons) in Art and Design.  I specialised in Fine Art and started to explore the human condition through life study and abstract paintings using texture and colour.  I feel I moved on during my three years at York and that my work matured a great deal, leading to where I am today.

My work at present is a revisitation into my original interest of colour and texture combined with my University work into the human condition.  I have recently completed my commission for The Cut Club in Knaresborough as part of their new image and re-launch as Watkins Wright.  I was lucky enough to be able to exhibit some of my work there in early 2003 after a chance conversation with the owner/manager, Paul Wright.  Following on from the success of that exhibition, Paul commissioned me to produce eight linked large-scale art works for the new workstations which are central to the new and modern image of Watkins Wright.

I am presently building up a new body of work in my own right, away from the academic environment of University and College, re-addressing the ideas which first influenced my desire to become a professional artist.  I hope to build on this with further commissions and exhibitions both locally and further afield.