Anna Macdonald studied at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK graduating in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Art History.
Anna currently lives and works in London dividing her time between painting and teaching which she has been doing since 2004.
Her work explores the play between form and space, force and subtlety and consciousness and intuition. Influences of Minimalism, mid-century Abstraction, Abstract Expressionism and Japanese aesthetics are evident in her use of limited colour, geometric shapes and gestural marks. Anna uses colours observed directly from nature and then strips back the visual elements leaving only the essential.
Having long been fascinated by the power of white space and the Zen philosophy of ‘Ma’, which translates as ‘gap’ or ‘pause’ her compositions explore the ebb and flow of energy through the use of tone and marks.
'Observing shadows acts as a kind of meditation and contemplating the variants of tone often feels like a visual form of breathing. It is this sense of tranquility interspersed with surges of energy that I aim to convey in my work.'