About the artist - Anne Malmström
Anne Malmström describes herself, as ‘A domestic Artist’. Rejecting the idea of an Artist's Statement that explains her work, Anne feels that art does not always have to be innovative or challenging, it can also serve as a narrative vehicle, a gateway to pleasant reminiscence, a comfort, or it could simply be something nice you hang on your wall.
Anne (Annie to her many friends) was born into an artistic family. Both her father, and mother studied art and considered it natural for her to win a scholarship at eighteen and go to Cambridge Art School where she gained an intermediate in Painting and Stage Design and went on to achieve a National Diploma in Design (NDD) in Painting and Wood Engraving.
She married Norfolk Stone carver, Letterer and Sculptor David Holgate, and together they were members of the Pop group ’The Rainbow People’ featured in an ITV television series, they have two children.
Artistically Anne has been influenced by the twentieth Century Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo, best known for her graphic depictions of her own life experiences. The 19th Century Norfolk Artist Marianne North is another influence. Born in Rougham, she was well travelled and is featured in the eponymously named Marianne North Gallery at Kew. Both of these notable women produced bright colourful paintings, which vibrate with luminosity, echoed in Anne’s recent work.
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Anne’s earlier work often carried the monogram AH (signed Anne Holgate) and centred on fine Pen and Ink drawings and included renditions of local Architectural landmarks such as Thorpe Railway Station, Norwich’s Chapelfield, Bishopsgate, and St Benedict’s Tower.
Over the years her style has developed, but significant visual impairment presented challenges which she has overcome to produce a range of newer work which she has dubbed ‘BBC’, very Big, very Bright, and very Close, first aired in the 2006 exhibition hosted by Norwich Gallery FG. Who placed an image of Ann’s ‘Blue Heaven’ along side Claude Monet’s ‘White Lillie’s’ with the headline “Artists you know…and those you don’t. Some seven years elapse before the current exhibition, which features carefully composed depictions of personal memorabilia, portraits, and vibrant portrayals of floral extravaganza.