The Brotherhood of Ruralists
Ann Arnold - Profile
Areas of Work and Influences
Ann Arnold works largely in oil and watercolour, but has also produced significant work in pen and ink, crayon, and pencil.
During her time at Epsom School of Art she was influenced by the teaching of Ron Benham who introduced her to the art of Stanley Spencer and Samuel Palmer and the writing of Richard Jefferies and Thomas Hardy. John Clare has been an important influence throughout her painting career.
The Sussex landscape was a subject matter with a strong appeal during her early years. The move to Devizes opened up the Wiltshire Downs to her and saw the development of the theme of the presence of people in the landscape and their relationship to it. This theme developed further with the move to Shropshire - a landscape of more dramatic colour as demonstrated in her watercolours. The delicate balance of nature and man and animal as part of it are a continuing theme.
Ann Arnold's portaits are not as widely exhibited or reproduced as her other work, but are of importance.
Works in Public Galleries
The Tabernacle - Museum of Modern Art, Wales
At one point we identified the following items in this collection, however, as of November 2010 it has not been able to verify that these are still in the museums collection. The museum's website refers to only one painting by Ann Arnold in the collection (Welsh Mountain), but the site does not function correctly so it is not possible to investigate further.
Wiltshire Heritage Museum, Devizes
On music and literary themes in her work:
I am moved by sudden glimpses of 'Paradise' or when for longer periods my vision of the world, and by that I mean those things that I actually apprehend with my senses, deepen and intensify producing a feeling of intense joy. Thomas Traherne expresses this feeling with immense clarity and Finzi's music, of course in 'Dies Natalis' increases the emotion yet again, so that one is 'almost mad with ecstasy'.