Artist and Printmaker
Anna was born in Wangaratta, Victoria in 1960 and completed a Diploma of Fine Art at Bendigo College of Advanced Education in 1981. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia and overseas and now lives in Tropical North Queensland.
Anna has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries around Australia and has won awards for her fine linoprints. Her work is represented in private and public collections.
Anna has extensive teaching experience in printmaking, fabric printing, drawing and design.
Inspired by her immediate environment and love of nature, Anna’s prints celebrate the essence of tropical and inland Australia.
The linoprinting process
This original linoprint was handmade by Anna Curtis.
Anna has used the reduction method to make the color linoprints. This method requires only one linoblock to create a multicolored image. Parts of the lino are carved away, one color printed, further areas carved away, another color printed ond so on until all colors have been printed, layer upon layer. With the addition of etching the lino with caustic soda, embossing the paper and hand coloring, a contrast of textures is achieved. Sometimes a second linoblock is also used.
Once printing of the edition is complete, further prints cannot be made from the linoblock as the lino is destroyed in the process. As this technique is labour intensive, requiring patience and skill, the limited edition numbers are small.
Every print in an edition has been individually made by hand, thus giving it a unique quality.
The linoprints are signed, titled and numbered by the artist.