A new member of the Londonart community, Anne has arrived with such flair, becoming our latest artist of the week. Yet she is no stranger to the art world with her multiple exhibitions in the UK, US and Africa, plus works held in a number of collections in those countries. Mentored by the renowned Ghanaian artist Ato Delaquis she has adapted the technique of painting crowds and small detail in a way that doesnít lose focus on the main subject matter or make the piece too hectic. Itís truly refreshing to see artists learn from each other without hindering their own signature or becoming unoriginal.
Anne definitely doesnít fall into the category of lacking originality or becoming a forgettable artist any time soon. Vibrant colours and fascination of comprehensive patterns, especially those from printed fabrics, come together to form detailed and rich backgrounds that frame her work perfectly. Much of these pattern influences could originate from growing up in the West African country of Ghana and studying at the College of Art in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, under some of the finest contemporary Ghanaian painters.
Anneís style portrays a crisp and defining presence within her compositions, almost representing a sort of cartoon realism, as the high contrast towards the figures limit the fine details. However, this doesnít obstruct the actual physical feel of the subjects. This approach almost mirrors digital photography and the use of Photoshop, where contrast can be reduced to small amounts of detail, whilst still possessing the original figure.
This dynamic expressiveness is really effective within Anneís common themes of crowds and eventful scenes as she almost pixelates the background in order to draw more attention to the sharper foreground. This emphasises where she wishes her viewer to pay more attention. Also, Anneís use of complementary colours brings her compositions together, making her busy scenes extremely aesthetically pleasing. As well as these pieces having visual gratification some of them also contain political content as she comments on the effects of the media and its presence within society.
Anne Blankson-Hemans has successfully become a very observant artist, from her use of pattern effects within her settings to sharp and clear-cut focuses within her work. She visually sets up intriguing compositions through building up all these techniques, forming her creative and innovative style.