News & Biography

Anna with her painting Self portrait with Ribera's Clubfooted Boy which featured in the BP Portrait Award 2010 at the National Portrait Gallery, and the Holborne Portrait Prize, Bath in 2012.
(Photo © Freia Turland 2014)

Born in Bristol, Anna comes from a family of artists. She went to school in Bristol and then read English at Oxford University, followed by a Masters degree in History of Art at University College, London, specializing in 17th century Dutch and Spanish painting. After working in London for several years, at the National Portrait Gallery among other national institutions and private galleries, she has recently moved back to Bristol from Bath.

Anna undertakes landscape and portrait commissions, as well as still life paintings.

She has exhibited widely in the UK, including the following galleries:
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath (solo show 2014)
BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Royal West of England Academy
St Anne's College, Oxford, Artist-in-Residence
Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London (Invited Artist)
Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouthshire
Usher Gallery, Lincoln
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Aberystwyth Art Gallery
LeFort Gallery, Bath
Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye
Russell Gallery, London


Seascapes and still lifes by Anna are currently on show at the Hideaway (far West of the Promenade) in Seaton, Devon.


Northcote House, Badminton School by Anna Dougherty © 2016

Prints of Anna's painting of Badminton School are available to buy. Please see the relevant page for further details.


My still life paintings aim to explore how the inanimate objects surrounding us in our everyday lives hold many kinds of meanings. I continue to be interested in issues surrounding the nature of memory and residual traces. For example the images in the Dark Series try to deal in various ways with mortality and childhood memories, particularly following the death of my father.
Literature often feeds into my work, as do the historical traditions of Western still life painting, in particular Dutch and Spanish 17th-century art, the Neue Sachlichkeit movement, and the work of artists such as Sanchez Cotan, William Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Frida Kahlo, and Euan Uglow. I always work from life and usually precede painting with sketches and drawings, alongside other techniques and media.

My recent seascapes reflect my love of the coast of Devon and Cornwall, which I have visited all my life. I hope they show my personal feeling for the coastline, sea and saturating light of this magical area.

All images on this site are © Anna Dougherty