Anne O'Sullivan

Anne O'Sullivan

Anne is an artist based in regional Queensland. Majoring in painting, she is a graduate of the National Art School and Sydney College of the Arts. Her content hovers around the traditional trifecta of still life, portrait and landscape and she is interested in experimenting with colour, light and luminosity.

‘I probably started painting many years ago in response to challenging life situations. While some people paint their way into a corner, I paint my way out of one. In the past, I have made forays into other art-media, but always return to painting as no other media can beat that primal contact of paint on canvas.’

Being a working mother, much of Anne’s artwork narrates that experience. As the daughter of a writer, she is quite at ease with the inclusion of story-telling elements in her artwork. Some of her paintings are quite illustrative as she has been influenced by the artwork in children’s storybooks. Anne’s mother was interested in the act of child-rearing and housework being recognised as valuable activities, not invisible duties performed without effort behind closed doors. In some respects, Anne is carrying the torch for her mother as many of her artworks shine a spotlight on women performing these unrecognised and undervalued menial tasks. Contemporary women, mothers and carers seem to find Anne’s whimsical artwork extremely relatable.

Anne has had artwork shortlisted in various art prizes and competitions such as the Flying Arts Regional Art Award in 2017. Her artwork can be found at the University of Queensland, Toowoomba Base Hospital and in private collections internationally and Australia wide.