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7. Anna MacDonald

Breath I

Estimate: £850 - 1,400

The Spring Auction - Lot 7, Anna MacDonald, Breath I

Signed and dated (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
84 x 60 cm.
Painted in 2018

Anna MacDonald's minimalist abstract artworks explore the power of negative space and the Zen philosophy of Ma - an idea that looks at the consciousness between two spaces. 

The starting point for Anna's work is always an observation of nature or a memory. These are stripped back using visual elements to leave only the essence of the original observation.

The gestural marks reveal influences of Abstract Expressionism, graphic design and Japanese aesthetics, each mark symbolising the flux of energies. 

For the artist, "Observing shadows acts as a kind of meditation. The contemplation of variation in tone feels like a visual form of breathing. It is this sense of tranquillity interspersed with surges of energy that I aim to convey in my work."

Accolades
Anna Macdonald studied at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge graduating in 1998 with a BA (Hons) in Art History. She currently lives and works in London dividing her time between painting and teaching Art in a large comprehensive secondary school in London. 

The Spring Auction - Lot 7, Anna MacDonald, Breath I

23 Mar Mar 23

Menier Gallery, London SE1 1RU