About

Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. Ann has exhibited her work in London, the UK, Germany and the USA. She has been selected for solo and group exhibitions, not only in galleries but also in museums, hospitals, churches, and for exhibitions by national charities and Interfaith organisations. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, USA and Australia.

Ann’s work has been used to inspire students of all ages, from primary school children to art college students and has been the subject of GCCE art projects. She has participated in collaborative exhibitions with jazz musicians, poets, architects and designers.

Ann’s current interests concern her fascination with the interaction of geometry, design and architecture in urban environments. “I use a digital camera to record information as I walk, wander, stop, observe and absorb the geography of my surroundings. My collection of images provides me with the basic evidence for further research and experimentation and contributes to the formal structures for making an artwork.”

Ann’s paintings in essence lean towards abstraction although deliberately hover between the representation of recognisable images and the non-traditional formal repetition of shapes and structures prevalent in abstract art. There is a visual emphasis on exploring the relationships between structure and scale, colour and light, repetition and pattern. And the processes of deconstructing and reconstructing subject matter to articulate concepts of space produces images, which taken out of their original context, verge towards a perception of abstraction.

Translating altered digital images on to large canvases requires precise measurements and calculations. It is an intensive and time consuming operation and the paintings ‘grow’ through the subtle application of multiple layers of vivid acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be representational but to convey light and energy, emphasise the circulation of movement and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. The slow buildup of vibrant saturated surfaces results in paintings that have an illusion of depth sometimes with distinctive three dimensional qualities contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art and geometric abstraction.

Ann’s experimental work engages with the research, process and transformation of discarded everyday ephemera and disposable objects of little or no intrinsic value. Through the concept of ‘making something out of nothing’ Ann seeks to draw attention to the throwaway nature of consumer society and question our perception of its value systems.

Ann Kopka studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit London. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. More recently Ann has studied Museum Curating at The Tate Modern.

Ann is a member of The Free Painters and Sculptors artists organisation. She was a member of Harrow Open Studios for five years and Brent Artists Resource for several years.

Contact: Ann@artcontemporary.co.uk