16 x 20 inches
“Lean In” is a continuation of my decade long series of paintings which capture and celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of the human body. Strong brush marks are used to express form and movement. The dramatic, and sometimes blurred intersection between light and dark, creates a deliberate tension. As does the subtle use of colour.
Intimacy and anonymity are generally seen to be antithetical. Yet, as the woman leans in towards her world, with her back to us, we follow her, intrigued. Her sensuality is emphasized more through her relaxed fluid, posture than through her nakedness. She is laid bare but not made vulnerable in her nudity.
About the Artist
Anne graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCA), Toronto in 1985, and studied at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver. She has operated a successful graphic design business for over 35 years.
Anne began lifedrawing 45 years ago, and has since maintained her practice. She operates two open lifedrawing sessions weekly, teaches lifedrawing at a local high school; teaches Portraiture, Lifedrawing, Expressive Drawing, How to Draw and Expressive Portraiture courses for galleries and studio groups; teaches individual drawing lessons. She continues to study online, at Haliburton School of the Arts, OCADU, and taking courses internationally.
She has exhibited since 2015 in Peterborough and Toronto, in group and juried shows; participates in the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour and has work in upcoming juried shows in Bancroft, Minden, and Niagara, Ontario. Her work can be seen on her website annehooverart.ca.