After having practised art in parallel with her marketing career, Anne Gournay decided to fully dedicate herself to art in 2003. She retrained and specialised in painting at l’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris-Glacière, and was selected for a painting exhibition in New York (2007).
When she discovered printmaking at the Central Saint Martin School in London (2007), she decided to refocus her work on various forms of printmaking, exploring their possibilities.
Through solitary landscapes and close-up portraits, Anne Gournay explores the issues of intimacy, loneliness, in a modern world where people are very often disconnected with their real selves. In our modern age, and contrary to what happens in primitive societies, people have distanced themselves from nature and their own nature. Saturated with communication, bombarded with constant stimulation, we lose touch with who we really are. By picturing nature (often isolated from an overcrowded urban environment), Anne Gournay aims at reconnecting us with our inner selves, giving us time and space to recollect ourselves, and think… a space to meditate.
Anne Gournay finds inspiration in her passion for charcoal drawing, and photography. She tries to recreate the atmospheric images one could associate with these media, creating an artwork overflowing with contrast. Her screen prints are more graphic and conceptual. Enthusiastic about new techniques, she uses various forms of printmaking, from relief to screen-print, including photopolymer and traditional etchings, sometimes combining them. She uses her camera as a sketchbook, and has started using photography as a medium as well.
She lives and works in North-West London.
Since November 2013, she is represented by Byard Art, in Cambridge.
In 2016, she set up ContemporArti, an artist-run gallery with a strong focus on Limited Edition.
Her work is in private collections worldwide, and is part of the V&A Collection Fund, and the Scarborough museum trust archives.
Exhibitions in 2014-2017:
Byard Art's Christmas Crackers, Cambridge, Nov-Dec 2017
Christmas in Highgate, North and South gallery, Highgate, London, Nov-Dec 2017
In Print : British Landscapes, Watts Gallery, Compton, Oct - Dec 2017. View images of the show
Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London, Oct 2017
Summer Exhibition, Byard Art, Cambridge, Jul-Aug 2017
A Tale of Two Cities, The Affordable Art Fair at Liberty's, Jul 2017
A Summer in Highgate, duo show with jennifer Watt, North and South gallery, Highgate, London, June 2017. View images of the show
Lasting Impressions, Scarborough Art Gallery, March-June 2017
The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London, with ContemporArti, May 2017
Pushing Boundaries, Dunamaise Art Centre, Portlaoise, Ireland, Jan-Feb 2017
Byard Art's Christmas Crackers, Cambridge, November-December 2016
ContemporArti Christmas, North and South gallery, Highgate, London, November 2016
Loosely Bound, Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, London, November 2016
Affordable Art fair in Battersea, London, with ContemporArti, October 2016
Pushing Boundaries, Farmley gallery, Dublin, Ireland, October-December 2016
Byard Art's summer exhibition, Cambridge, August-September 2016
Found's summer exhibition, Dunbar, Scotland, June-August 2016
The Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London, with ContemporArti, June 2016
Mixed Exhibition, Byard Art, Cambridge, January 2016.
Christmas Crackers, Byard Art, Cambridge, December 2015
50 years of Artists prints, Bankside Gallery, November 2015
Visual Pleasures, Keats Library, October 2015
Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, June 2015
50:50, New Ahsgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey, May-June 2015
Works on Paper, Barbican Library, London, January 2015
Byard Art's Christmas Crackers, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, December 2014
Microtopia's Christmas Show, Kingsgate Workshop Gallery, December 2014
CMYK, Pie Factory, Margate, September 2014
Summer exhibition, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, August-September 2014
Affordable Art Fair, Hamsptead, London, June 2014
Freshly Pressed, Craft Central, The Gallery, London, March 2014
Prints Charming, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, March 2014
Works on Paper catalogue
Making an Impression, 50 years of Artists Print.
Artfinder winter 2015 catalogue
Pushing Boundaries Catalogue 2016
Click to see Anne Gournay's inclusion in "Making an Impression"
In the press:
Click to see an article published about Photographics and Anne Gournay in the Morning Star on 16-17 March 2013 (see second page).