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ABOUT ANN GADD

About Ann Gadd portrait of Ann in studio

About Ann Gadd

Ann Gadd has been a writer and artist since the day she learnt to scrawl her first words in crayon across her bedroom wall. (An event her parents found to be less auspicious.) In 1997 she won the award for best acrylic artist at the South African Society of Artists annual event, which introduced her to galleries and convinced her to pursue her artistic as well as writing career.

Artist

Ann is a popular contemporary artist with paintings hanging worldwide and representation in nine galleries. In her 20+ year career she has exhibited numerous times both locally and abroad. Most notably at the Florence Biennale, Belfast, New Zealand, England (Brick Lane Gallery, London and Art @ Five, Brighton) as well as numerous galleries in South Africa. Her first solo exhibition was at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town. Her main series of works are:

  • Palindromes and Popular Icons
  • The sheep ewe/you series
  • Zulu Lulu
  • Going to the Dogs
  • Wildlife

She has become most known for her “sheep” or “ewe” series of paintings  popular both locally and more recently they have found international attention. Her clients include major corporate firms as well as private art patrons.

Whilst she still enjoys painting the “sheep” series, she does explore other styles and subjects, particularly wildlife.

Author

Ann’s first published book was released in 1988. The second book appeared in 2003. Ann has since authored / illustrated a further 23 books, (with 15 translations). Her subjects include the Enneagrams, self-help, art, travel, place names, esoteric books and her quirky sheep books.

about ann gadd holding some of her books

Photo-journalist

Over the past 35 years Ann has written for various magazines. Initially as a correspondent for the Argus in the sport section covering boardsailing and yachting. Later she transitioned to self-growth publications (Renaissance, Odyssey, Natural Health) and parenting (Living and Loving. Currently, she mostly covers health issues and photo/travel writing. (Being in the African bush is a passion.)

Ann has had numerous articles written about her work. As a result, she has appeared on many talk shows and TV. (Although her most enjoyable claim to fame, was to be the guest ‘Agony Aunt’ for a UK woman’s magazine!)

Ann is also a prolific and accomplished artist. To date she has sales in excess of 5 500 paintings, both locally and abroad.

About Ann Gadd in General

Ann has had numerous articles written about her work. As a result, she has appeared on many talk shows and TV. (Although her most enjoyable claim to fame, was to be the guest ‘Agony Aunt’ for a UK woman’s magazine!)

Ann lives in Cape Town with her artist husband, a wildly enthusiastic retriever and two over-indulged, rather grumpy cats.

Exhibitions 2015-2019

On-going exhibitions at – Cape Gallery, Art @ Constantia, Blou Donki Gallery, Robertson Art Gallery, Katherine Wood Gallery, Dante Gallery, Waterfront Gallery and others.

 

Exhibitions 2014

  • Joburg Art Fair – ‘Zulu Lulu’ series – (first painting to sell at the show!)
  • Cape gallery (group) June (‘Zulu Lulu’) and August (‘Wild Life’)
  • Glascow Art Fair
  • Edinburgh Art Fair
  • Art at Five – UK

Exhibitions 2013

  • Belfast, Ireland
  • On-going exhibitions (group) at various galleries
  • Imbizo Gallery, Ballito, solo
  • Glascow Art Fair
  • Edinburgh Art Fair

Exhibitions 2011

  • Ongoing exhibitions (group) at various galleries
  • Glascow Art Fair, March
  • Edinburgh Art Fair
  • Brighton, UK Art 5

Exhibitions 2010

  • London, Brick Lane Gallery, June
  • Glascow Art Fair, March
  • Edinburgh Art Fair

Exhibitions 2009

  • Zohar gallery New Zealand
  • Glascow Art Fair
  • Florence Biennale (invited but declined)

Exhibitions 2008:

  • Zohar gallery New Zealand – April solo
  • Clarens Art Festival, Clarens/Blou Donki Art Gallery main guest artist
  • Spitalfields London UK October

Exhibitions 2007:

  • Florence Biennale, Italy
  • Red the Gallery Steenberg 28 July – Nudes, Nature and Ewe. Joint exhibition with Anthony Gadd
  • Bobby Breen – joint exhibition with Anthony Gadd
  • KKNK
  • Vanilla Canvas August 28 – The Big Five – The five top emerging South African female artists
  • Orange Cactus September 27 – Joint exhibition with Anthony Gadd
  • Swellendam Gallery – Joint exhibition with Anthony Gadd

Exhibitions Prior to 2007:

  • AVA (Association for Visual Arts) solo Plaindromes
  • Vuleka (x3) group exhibition
  • South African Society of Artists (x8 group exhibitions)
  • South African National Museum Geo nome Exhibition