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 Art in a large comprehensive secondary school.
Her work explores the play between form and space, force and subtlety with a nod towards mid-century Abstraction and Abstract Expressionism. Using colours observed directly from nature Anna strips back the visual elements leaving only the essential conveyed through gestural marks each evoking the ebb and flow of energy. Her compositions employ a mix of intuition and conscious decision making about balance, with each mark revealing influences of architectural spaces, Japanese aesthetics and graphic design.
Her fascination of negative spaces and the Zen philosophy of ‘Ma’, which translates as ‘gap’ or ‘pause’, is explored through the use white space. Anna searches for a visual equilibrium and minimalist beauty which resonates on a non verbal level.
'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.'