Annie Holcombe

Southern Highlands Artist

Annie Holcombe, Southern Highlands artist

About Me

I did not discover the artistic side of me until I was in my thirties, when I decided to go to an art class to see if I could draw. I started drawing like everyone else in the class then came time to paint, I was very fortunate to have a teacher who recognised that my art was in the Naive style. He had always wanted to paint in a naive style but it can’t really be taught. He said, sit in the corner (not literally!) and don’t listen to anything I tell the class, as he didn’t want to change the way I painted. Luckily I had the encouragement and help from a teacher that wasn’t going to try and change me.

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About 10 years later I settled down here in beautiful Bowral and started to paint seriously. I am very much influenced by Matisse and David Hockney, love David Hockney! Colour is so important to me. I could not imagine my life without it. I now enjoy hand building ceramics with simple patterns or featuring my landscape paintings too.

I have participated in the Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail for the last 3 years and will again for the upcoming trail for 2019. My ceramics and paintings will be available for sale from my studio overlooking the garden.

Naïve art, Annie Holcombe, Southern Highlands artist

Exhibitions & Prizes

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2019  – Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSW
  • 2010 – Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSW
  • 2003 – Bowral District Arts Society Gallery, NSW

Exhibitions

2018

  • Toowoomba Grammar School Art Show
  • Katowice, Poland – Naif Art Festival

2017

  • Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSW
  • Bowral District Arts Society Gallery, NSW – Private Collection

2016

  • Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral NSW
  • Sydney Royal Easter Show, NSW
  • Private Collection

Art Prizes

  • 2017 – Hornsby Art Prize finalist, Hornsby NSW
  • 2009 – Inaugural Cricket Art Prize finalist
  • 2004 – Alvaro Art Prize, Bowral NSW
  • 2002 – Waverley Art Prize, Bondi Beach NSW
  • 2000 – Alvaro Art Prize, Bowral NSW
  • 1999 – Waverley Art Prize, Bondi Beach NSW
  • 1999 – Wingecarribee Shire – Acquisitive Art Prize, Bowral NSW

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