Anne Dunn (b. 1929-)
|Artist Name||Anne Dunn (b. 1929-)|
|Title||Abstract Composition 1966|
|Description||This superb sixties large British abstract oil painting is by noted female artist Anne Dunn. Painted in 1966 it is an abstract composition in a palette of brown orange and blacks on white showing British St Ives School influences of Terry Frost and British Abstraction. An interesting sixties vibrant abstract and an excellent example of Dunn's work.
Signed and dated 66 lower right.
|Medium||Oil on Board|
|Size||25 x 30 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a gallery float mount frame 40 inches by 35 inches. Excellent condition.|
|Biography||Anne Dunn (born 4 September 1929) is an English artist associated with the second generation of the School of London. Born in London, England, Dunn is the daughter of the Canadian steel magnate Sir James Dunn, 1st baronet (1874–1956) and his second wife, Irene Clarice Richards, a former musical-comedy actress who had previous been married to Francis Douglas, 11th Marquess of Queensberry. Dunn studied in London at Chelsea School of Art (1949–50) and at the Anglo-French Centre (1952) under Henry Moore and guest artist Fernand Léger before going to the Académie Julian in Paris, France in 1952. Dunn's art has been exhibited in Europe and North America and can be seen at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the Arts Council Collection in London, and many private collections. Two drawings and two paintings are in the Government Art Collection: U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Her first solo show was at the Leicester Galleries of London in 1957, with subsequent shows there in 1959, 1960, 1962, and 1964. Thereafter her major exhibitions took place in New York with shows at the Fischbach Gallery in 1967, 1969, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1989. In 1990 Dunn had a solo show at the Christopher Hull Gallery in London. Her most recent solo show was in 2005 at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York. Her close friendships with poets resulted in illustrations and covers for books by John Ashbery, William Corbett, Barbara Guest and James Schuyler. From 1964 to 1968 she edited the journal Art and Literature with Rodrigo Moynihan, Sonia Orwell and John Ashbery. A taped interview with the artist is held by the National Life Story Collection at the British Library Sound Archive. Dunn's first husband was the artist Michael Wishart (1928–1996); they were married for 10 years before divorcing; by him, she has one son, Francis Wishart, a painter and winemaker. Michael Wishart's autobiography High Diver 1978 is dedicated to her and gives a touching picture of the artist as a young woman. Immediately after she and Wishart divorced, in 1960, Dunn married the Anglo-Spanish artist Rodrigo Moynihan (1910–1990), as his second wife. By him she has a son, Danny Moynihan, an artist and writer, as well as a stepson, John Moynihan. She has been painted and drawn by many fellow artists including Joe Brainard, Lucian Freud, and Rodrigo Moynihan. Dunn has links with France, Switzerland and New York City, but spends parts of her summers at a retreat on the Nigadoo River near Bathurst, New Brunswick. Lived in Lambesc, France.|