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About Annie Ovenden

Annie Ovenden is a Lost Meadow Gallery artist.


Privately educated at The Royal Wanstead School, Annie Ovenden went on to study at the High Wycombe School of Art in 1961 and graduated in book illustration and graphic design in 1965. Annie then worked as a graphic designer and painter in London for several years before relocating to Cornwall in 1973.

In 1975, Annie Ovenden was invited by Sir Peter Blake to join a group of seven like-minded artists called The Brotherhood of Ruralists. The Ruralist’s first public showing was at the Royal Academy in 1976 followed by the Bath Festival in 1977. Up until 2007 the Ruralists maintained a vigorous exhibition program. In 1981, a major exhibition of work by the Ruralists was arranged by The Arnolfini, Bristol and The Camden Arts Centre, London. Funded by The Arts Council of Great Britain, the exhibition included visits to Birmingham City Museum and The Third Eye, Glasgow. The Ruralists’ final show was at the Horsham Museum in 2007. In 2008, a major touring exhibition was organised by Southampton University on the English Pastoral Tradition subtitled ‘From Samuel Palmer to the Ruralists’.

Despite Channel 4’s repeated showings of a film about Annie Ovenden’s Village Portrait Project, she is perhaps best known for her tree studies and paintings depicting the landscape of Cornwall. The work of Annie Ovenden is in many private collections worldwide and appears in various publications.