About Ann Hollaway

I have been a practising Artist for 30 years, following a degree in Fine Art from Reading University, and time spent as a Theatre Designer. My passion has always been the animal kingdom, exploring wildlife, domestic animals and horses. I am inspired by where the animal kingdom comes into conflict with humans and how that impacts them. I mainly work in charcoal, as I love the play of light and shade and the use one can make of the white space on the paper to create drama. I have a particular focus on the dynamics of animals and how one can express movement and the power of the animal.

I was influenced early on by the German Expressionist Franz Marc, who tried to explore the animal from his own perspective, saying: ‘I could paint a picture called ‘The Doe’ … I may also want to paint a picture, ‘The Doe Feels’. How infinitely more subtle must the painters sensitivity in order to paint that.”

Working in monotone, or with a limited colour palette allows me to use areas of the paper or canvas to suggest space without placing the animals in a more traditional pastoral context, and the composition becomes crucial to give the life to the space within the piece.

Badgered 

Charcoal on paper 

£800

Dancers

Charcoal on paper

Price: £1000

G461

Charcoal on paper 

£800

Ebony Bird Beguiling 

Charcoal on paper

Price: £1000