Ann Kopka is a visual artist and curator. Ann has exhibited her work in London, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the USA. She has been selected for solo and group exhibitions and for exhibitions by national charities and Interfaith organisations. Ann has exhibited in art galleries, museums, hospitals, churches, libraries and non-conventional spaces. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, France, Spain, USA and Australia.
Ann’s work has been used to inspire students of all ages, from primary school children to art college students and has been the subject of GCCE art projects. She has participated in collaborative exhibitions with jazz musicians, poets, writers, architects and designers.
Ann’s art practice incorporates painting, mixed media, digital art and installation. Her current painting interests are informed by her fascination with the interaction between geometry, design and architecture in urban environments. There is a visual emphasis on exploring the relationships between structure and scale, colour and light, repetition and pattern. In essence her paintings deliberately hover between the representation of recognisable images and the non-traditional formal repetition of shapes and structures prevalent in abstract art.
Ann’s paintings ‘grow’ through the subtle application of multiple layers of vivid acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be representational but to convey light and energy, emphasise the circulation of movement and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. The slow build-up of vibrant saturated surfaces results in paintings that have an illusion of depth sometimes with distinctive three dimensional qualities contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art and geometric abstraction.
The processes of deconstructing and reconstructing subject matter to articulate concepts of space also resonates with Ann’s digital art work where subject matter is taken out of its original context and re-imagined alluding to a further interpretation of abstraction.
Ann’s mixed media artwork engages with the research, process and transformation of discarded everyday ephemera and disposable objects of little or no intrinsic value. Through the concept of ‘making something out of nothing’ Ann seeks to draw attention to the throwaway nature of consumer society and question our perception of its value systems.
Ann studied Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and The City Lit London. She studied The Practices and Debates of Modern Art at the Open University and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. She has studied Museum Curating at The Tate Modern.
Ann is a volunteer at the Heath Robinson Museum in north west London where she is involved with organising and curating fund-raising Secret Art Sales and special exhibitions.
Ann is a member of The Free Painters and Sculptors artists organisation.