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Annie Ovenden - Ophelia

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Annie Ovenden ~ Artist Profile


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Annie Ovenden was born in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, 1945

Studied at High Wycombe School of Art, 1961-5

Worked as a graphic designer 1966-69

Married Graham Ovenden in 1969 (although later they separated)

Moved to Cornwall, 1973 (near Bodmin)

Taught painting and drawing for the Adult Education Service, 1992-1999

Areas of Work

Painting (oils, acrylics, gouache and watercolour), pencil drawing, graphic design, theatrical sets, costume and prop design, book design.

Special Features:

The Beech Tree Series Portraits of a Village Community


Annie Ovenden’s work appears in all of the Ruralists Books and she has produced art work for the Arden Shakespeare editions. Several works are included in the general books about the Ruralists. Other published works include:

Margaret Kennedy
The Constant Nymph
Virago Modern Classics, 1983
ISBN 0-86068-354-0
Ophelia by Annie Ovenden is reproduced in full colour on the cover.


Simon Rae (editor)
The Orange Dove of Fiji
Hutchinson, 1989.
ISBN 0-09-173950-0
Includes pen and ink drawing illustrating the poem Bog, by John Fuller
pages 42 and 43


Archie Miles
Silva, the tree in Britain
Ebury Press, 1999
hardback, 400 pages
Page 296 reproduces Tree at Panters Bridge by Annie Ovenden.
Page 312 contains two paragraphs about the Ruralists.


Daniel Nanavati, Shänne Sands and Annie Ovenden 
The Beech Tree
Footsteps, 2000
hardback, quarterbound on linen
Twelve full-page reproductions of paintings by Annie Ovenden, each accompanied by a poem. See feature.


Maggie Campbell-Culver
The Origin of Plants
Headline, 2001
Annie Ovenden's painting Rhododendron sino-grande - leaves is reproduced on page 229.


Annie Ovenden (editor and artist)
Completing the Picture
Ruralist Fine Art, 2003
ISBN :0-9545508-0-3
118 pages, numerous black and white illustrations of Mount village life.
Twelve portraits by Annie Ovenden reproduced in full colour.
Edition of 500; Glossy illustrated cover: approx 50 hardback, 450 softback.
Copies are available from The Aznet Online Store

In The Press

2003 April 17: Classified Guardian (Supplement to Cornish Guardian)

Artist mounts show which captures the local characters

2003 April 17: Cornish Guardian

Annie's paintbrush brings Moor's characters to life


Updated: 25 May 2008

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