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Born in Liverpool, England (1964). BFA (1986) and MA (1991) Fine Art degrees, Oxford University; Postgraduate Printmaking Diploma (1988), Central School of Art, London; Honorary Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford University; elected member of Royal Academy of Arts (RA). Exhibits internationally. Over 40 awards (including Rome Scholarship in Printmaking) in Brazil, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, Finland, Italy, Russia and USA. Has works in museum collections worldwide. Over 40 solo shows include four museum retrospectives. Commissions include engravings for British Museum; National Gallery; British Library and Royal Mint. Author of seven books on printmaking and drawing. Editor of Printmaking Today (1998–2013). Lives and works in London. Curated historic exhibition: Scene through Wood: A Century of Modern Wood Engraving at Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2020) and touring.



Anne Desmet RA is an established artist-printmaker specializing in wood engravings, linocuts and mixed-media collage. The focus of her work shifts between Italy (where she lived in 1989–90) and England (where she lives now). The discovery of ancient Roman ruins, medieval churches and Baroque facades co-existing with the TV aerials and busy traffic in the modern city of Rome was a significant experience and has influenced her work ever since. Her prints are topographical but reflect the effects of changing light, weather and time passing. Her work suggests the slow passage of time with cycles of construction and decay. She is also concerned with architectural fantasies and histories of urban destruction and regeneration such as the biblical Tower of Babel, Italy’s Mount Vesuvius and the Great Fire of London. She aims to convey ideas of human aspiration, humour and folly through the architectural forms she depicts, as well as their solidity and apparent timelessness, whilst also suggesting their impermanence and vulnerability.  


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