Happy Hours Orange and Red
54 x 75cm
"Born in 1948 in rural Suffolk, a childhood of running wild and exposure to nature. My lucky break was to pass the 11 plus exam and attend a girls grammar school which opened up my view of life and an ambition to study art. Leaving school at 16 I was employed by a local silk factory to paint club tie motifs, this led to a training in cartography, which lead to illustrating books at the London school of economics, a spell in hospital with TB, and a year, the iconic 1968, as an au pair in Paris where I applied and accepted to Ealing Art School Foundation year.
Onto Wimbledon School of Art where I built structures and hung painted canvases and decided to try to become a set designer in TV.
In 1976, I was taken on as a “holiday relief assistant” at the BBC which lead to employment at London Weekend TV, working on a variety of programmes and leaving, after working as set dresser on “Poirot”, to become a full time mother and moved back to Suffolk. Introduced to a course in etching by a friend at Hampstead school of art, I continued to be fascinated by the process and now print at Sudbourne Park, Orford. I was became fascinated by Kimono on an art trip to Japan. I also use costume and interiors as inspiration." - Anna Toppin
The Importance of colour
"I have always been surrounded by colour, from lying in fields of cowslips to running through carpets of bluebells. As a young teenager I bought clothes from jumble sales to cut and dye and my mother introduced me to colour through curtains and paint. As a Student, London was full of colour in exhibitions and shops like Biba, designers like Zandra Rhodes . Travel to Greek islands was easy and the blue sea and white buildings impressive and inspirational. The colours of Italy vibrant and unforgettable. I have refurbished numerous houses using colour and pattern. I choose images that can be printed in a range of colour, often combining colours on one plate." - Anna Toppin