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.

View My Work

23 years ago I settled down in the beautiful Southern Highlands, 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 also enjoy hand building ceramics, each piece being a one off with hand painted scenes and some flower paintings lately.

I have participated in the Southern Highlands Art Studio Trail for the last 4 years and will again for the upcoming trail in 2020. My ceramics and paintings are available for sale from my studio in our backyard. Contact me at any time as I am now full time in my studio.

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

2020

  • The SHAC – Robertson

2019

  • Milk Factory – Pop up galley

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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