Anne Desmet

Born in Liverpool, Gained a BA and MA from Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. She is also a Member of London’s Royal Academy of Arts and Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE).

Winner of over 30 international awards, Member of the Royal Academy of Arts, and with work featured in museum collections across the world, Artist Anne Desmet, has generously donated her wood engraving ‘Hackney Olympic Site’ to the New Light Collection.

Anne was born in Liverpool and then gained a BA & MA at the Ruskin School of Art (Oxford University) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design (London). She was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts as the third wood engraver ever to be elected in the RA’s history. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE).

Anne specialises in engraving, linocuts and mixed media collages.

‘…her subject matter pulls in two directions: one is essentially topographical, yet subject to metamorphoses; the other is concerned with intuitive architectural fantasies, urban myths and histories of urban destruction and regeneration. She aims to suggest the sense of timelessness and solidity that buildings can convey, as well as their impermanence and vulnerability.’