Briony Anderson draws upon and transforms 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 often the subject, rather than the observed natural world. Also ongoing are works that reflect her surroundings. Each emerges from a convergence between historical source material, the surrounding landscape, memory and imagination.

Her interest in the disparities between real and represented landscape draws attention to what is pictured, but more pertinently to what is left out. Despite a range of source material, each work has the same starting point in thinking about the role that Western visual traditions of landscape representation have played in modifying how we see actual landscape, and how this bears upon contemporary ideas and attitudes concerning landscape and environment. Geographical information focusing on the physical character of the landscape 'tells everything yet nothing.' *

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.


Briony Anderson