Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. Her work has been exhibited in London, the UK, Germany, Italy and the USA. She has been selected for solo and group exhibitions, in galleries, 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 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 in 2001 graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. More recently Ann studied Museum Curating at the Tate Modern.
Ann Kopka Artist’s Statement
Ann Kopka’s current practice is informed by her fascination with the interaction of geometry, design and architecture in urban environments. Using a digital camera as a sketch book she collects and records information, observing and absorbing the geography of her surroundings. Ann’s collection of images provides her with the basic evidence for further research and experimentation and contributes to the formal structures for making an artwork, the outcome of which may result in a painting, installation or digital art.
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. 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, and is an intensive and time consuming operation, established by drawing, painting and through the subtle application of multiple layers of vivid acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be representational but to convey energy, emphasise the circulation of movement and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. The slow development of vibrant saturated surfaces results in paintings that have an illusion of depth sometimes with distinctive 3D qualities contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art and geometric abstraction.
2016 Cavendish Conference Centre London. MOVING ON UP DOWN ESCALATORS
2013 Barbican Centre London. COLOUR STRUCTURE & LIGHT
2013 The Gallery Harrow Arts Centre London. LINES OF ENQUIRY
2012 Attic Gallery Pinner London CONTEMPORARY PAINTING
2011 Incanto The Old Post Office Harrow-on-the-Hill London
2011 Lines of Pinner London. PUTTING THE T INTO ART
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 Seychelles Pavilion Venice. Venice Vending Machine 5
2017 St Pancras Hospital London. THE ART OF CARING
2017 The Gallery@OXO. The Oxo Tower London. A FREE MOMENT
2017 St George’s Hospital Tooting London. THE ART OF CARING
2017 Metro Pictures Gallery New York. Visual AIDS – POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
2016 Devon House St Katharine Docks London. THE THAMES: THE ARTERY OF LONDON
2016 Kensington & Chelsea College Gallery London. CollectConnect Retrospective
2016 Menier Gallery London. Free Painters & Sculptors Winter Show
2016 The Old Chocolate Factory Bad Oeynhausen Germany. PALIMPSET
2016 Upstairs Gallery West House Pinner London. SECRET ART SALE
2016 The Crypt Gallery St Pancras Church London. 100x MADONNA
2016 Curve Gallery Rose Theatre Kingston-upon-Thames. THE ART OF CARING
2015 Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Los Angeles USA
2015 Menier Gallery London. Free Painters & Sculptors Open.
2015 Upstairs Gallery West House Pinner London. SECRET ART SALE
2015 BAR Gallery London NW2. IN FOCUS
2015 Cafe Gallery Southwark London. CGP London Open
2015 Menier Gallery London. Free Painters & Sculptors Members show
2015 BAR Gallery London NW2. PURE PAINTING
2015 Arthub Gallery Deptford London
2015 Curve Gallery Rose Theatre Kingston London. ART OF CARING
2015 Surface Gallery Nottingham
2014 Los Angeles Center for Digital Art Los Angeles USA.
2014 Menier Gallery London. Free Painters & Sculptors Open
2014 Café Gallery Southwark Park London. CGP London Open
2014 BAR Gallery Willesden Green London. ART-ITECTURE
2014 BAR Gallery Willesden Green London. PLA.
2014 Fringe Arts Bath Festival. FAB FRIDGE
2014 Village Hall Gallery Wimbledon London. JAWSPRING
2014 Surface Gallery Nottingham
2013 South Bank Centre London. Cardboard City Social Advent
2013 Shaw Gallery Croydon. ART JAZZED UP
2013 Brent Civic Centre London. CARNIVAL.
2013 Obsidian Gallery Stoke Mandeville
2013 Espacio Gallery London. KALEIDOSCOPE
2013 Espacio Gallery London. ELEMENTS OF ART
2013 Electric House Willesden London. CRYSALIS
2013 Espacio Gallery London. MELANGE
2013 BAR Gallery Willesden Green London. REGENERATION.
2012 Espacio Gallery London. TEMPTATION
2012 Walthamstow London E17 Art Trail
2012 Electric Picture House Congleton Cheshire
2012 Espacio Gallery London. 100 METERS
2012 Attic Gallery Pinner London. DURATION OF SURFACE
2012 The Orangery Holland Park London
2012 Menier Gallery London. IN CONSTANT MOTION
2011 RED Gallery London. FAITH IN THE CITY
2011 All Saints Church Harrow London. 9 DAYS ART
2011 Minor Threat Pop-Up Gallery Concord New Hampshire USA
2011 Hastings Coastal Currents Visual Arts Festival. RARITIES
2011 Brighton Open Brighton Festival
2011 Obsidian Art Gallery Stoke Mandeville
2011 The Orangery Holland Park London
2011 Nottingham Night Light Festival. LITE BITE
2010 The Wall@Willesden Green Centre London. Brent Interfaith
2010 Watford Museum
2010 Bushey Festival Sacred Heart Church
2010 Stoke-on-Trent Talking City Poster Trail.
2010 St. John’s Wood Church London
2009 All Saints Church Harrow London. VISION DIVISION
2009 Chelsea Gallery Chelsea Old Town Hall London
2008 Watford Town Hall
2007 Trinity Buoy Wharf London
2006 Gayton Library Harrow London. BLACK HISTORY MONTH
2006 Bankside Gallery London. SENSE & SENSUALITY
2004 Coningsby Gallery London
2003 Foresters Court Galleries Boston
2003 Catto Gallery London
2002 Harrow Museum London. MUSIC & RHYTHM.
2002 Catto Gallery London
2001 Burgh House Art Gallery London
2001 Guildhall Museum Art Gallery Boston
2011 Harrow Open Studios
2010 Harrow Open Studios
2009 Harrow Open Studios