Briony Anderson was born in Aberdeen and studied painting at Edinburgh College of Art and Art History at The University of Edinburgh. Through painting and printing processes, her work engages closely with landscape. Neither abstract nor representational, it hovers somewhere in between. Abstract marks take on pictorial elements of landscapes and colours are often quiet, subtly suggesting distanced encounters with the land. Using non-toxic water-based paint and mixed media, her works are mostly on paper and small scale. She has recently been working over existing pieces in an ongoing process of recycling and repurposing.

Her work often draws upon and reworks pre-existing landscape images into paintings which focus on how landscape is represented and written about. In borrowing images as sources, mainly historical paintings, the traditions of landscape painting are the subject, rather than the observed natural world. She is interested in how Western visual traditions of landscape representation have influenced contemporary ideas and attitudes concerning landscape and environment. Geographical information focusing on the physical character of the landscape 'tells everything yet nothing.' *  Each work emerges from a convergence between historical source material, the surrounding landscape, memory and imagination.


Exhibitions of her work have been presented at the Royal Society of Edinburgh/Edinburgh Art Festival, EB&Flow Gallery, London, Fleming Collection, London, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Berloni Gallery, London, The University of Aberdeen and Acme Project Space, London. Residencies include: Cove Park, Argyll and Bute; Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Co. Kerry; Dublin Fire Station; Acme Studio's five-year Work/Live Fire Station Residency, London; and Berloni Gallery, London. Works are in a number of private and public collections including the Government Art Collection, The University of Edinburgh, John Jones Contemporary Collection, Art in Healthcare and The University of Aberdeen.

K. Olwig, Nature's Ideological Landscape (Alen&Unwin, London, 1984), p.xviii

Briony Anderson lives and works in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.


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