DESMET, Anne RA RE, b. 1964 ~ Brooklyn Bridge: Stars.
Original wood engraving and rubber eraser print with stencilling. Trial proof 1, numbered, titled and signed in pencil by the artist. Image size 250 x 175 mm. Paper size 380 x 260 mm. Yellow, red and black ink
This print is part of a series where Anne Desmet showcases her command of different print techniques, depicting this iconic bridge to extraordinary effect at different times of the day or in different weathers and lights. Her subtle use of stencilled colour brilliantly picks out the lights of New York.
Anne Desmet was born and brought up in Liverpool and gained her BFA and MA in Fine Art from Oxford and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking from Central School of Art and Design. In 2011 she became the third wood engraver to be elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Arts in its 250 year history. Desmet’s works are in numerous public and private collections across the World including the Ashmolean Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. She has completed several important commissions including pieces for the British Museum, National Gallery, British Library, V & A, Bailliol and Worcester Colleges, Oxford, the Royal Mint and Dulwich College. She has had over 30 solo shows to date including three major retrospectives at the Ashmolean, the Whitworth and the Ex Libris Museum in Moscow.
Desmet is engaged with the evolution of the urban landscape and its testimony to the aspirations and experiences of humanity. Her work ranges from small scale, detailed examinations to sweeping, often fantastical, panoramas.