|ANN SKELLY BA Hons
Full time working artist based in New Zealand
From early days to present time.......
Two year Art Foundation Course, Avenham College, England.
BA Hons, Art and Design, specialising in ceramics, Loughborough Colleges, England.
Three years full time illustration and design work, Hertfordshire, England.
Painting and local group exhibitions
Full time freelance illustration work, mainly childrens readers (over thirty published titles to date)Publishers include Heinemann Reed, Wendy Pye, Shortland Publications, Penguin, Ashton Scholastic.
Shortlisted for the Aim Book Awards.
Extensive design and illustration work for John Sands,Jason Products and Studio Ceramics, Auckland
Illustration and design of the “ Essence of Life” gift stationery range for Melbourne based company UR1 International.
Development and design of plush range “Baby Animals” for Melbourne based company. Illustration of a the four "Baby Animals" books published by ABC
Goldwater Art Awards Finalist 2002
1st Place Award from Richard Taylor of Weta Workshops for the Body Art Rocks National Body Painting competition, Wellington, Nov 2006.
Solo show "Recent Paintings" at Edwards Jones, Wellington,July 2006 and December 2006
NZAFA Winter and Spring Exhibition, Wellington 2006
New Zealand Art Show,Wellington, August 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
"Art to Go" NZAFA, Summer 2006-07
NZAFA Gala Exhibition Feb - March 2007
NZAFA Autumn Exhibition 2007, Festival, Winter Spring, Exhibition and Arts Alive 2008.
Body Painting events include "Festival of the Elements", Porirua 2007
"Floating Fashion Parade" Cruise Ship Wellesley, Wellington, Feb 2007
"Cuba St Carnival" Feb 2007
Solo show, Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington October 2007
World of WearableArt 2007, HP Children's Dreams and Nightmares themed section. 'Dream Hunter'
World of WearableArt 2008,Three garments...CentrePort 'Inspired by Architecture' section, the HP Childrens section (Runner up 2008) and the Shell Bizarre Bra section.
Finalist garment in the 2009 WOW Children's section titled 'Recyclapede'
Finalist 2010 WOW show, Children's section, garment titled 'Spellbound'
Finalist 2011 WOW show, Childrens section 'Lunch on the Run' and Geni Creative Excellence Section'Lady Baccilli Cocci'(Honourable Mention)
Four weeks full time work at Weta Workshop, Wellington 2011
Finalist 2012 WOW Show, Children's section,Holey Moley
Artists statement: My mermaid and portrait paintings are colour visualisations from fragments of personal retrieved memory, childhood fantasy and dream. However my figures are developed using life drawing as a starting point.
For many years I have in part used complex flower forms and colour to further develop my own style and technique.
My landscape seascape paintings reference colour, light and form as it affects both me and the constantly changing environment around me.