Portrait of Frank Rickwood
Portrait of Nancy Wake
Portrait of Jill Fitzsimon
Acrylic on canvas
Portrait of Max Dupain
ROBIN EZRA & ANNIE DAY PRINTMAKING SISTERS
Annie has been a practicing artist since gaining her diploma in painting in 1974 from the National Art School, Sydney.
As a celebrated portrait artist she has had work displayed in the prestigious “Portia Geech” portrait prize several times. In addition, she has also been a finalist in the “Doug Moran – Portraits of Australia” international portrait prize.
Amongst the luminaries that have sat for Annie are Nancy Wake – The White Mouse, author Morris West, photographer Max Dupain and Australian dress designer Jill Fitzsimon.
Annie has had many commissions for mural work from private homes, including that of a previous Prime Minister Bob Hawke. She has also painted murals for large hospitals and been commissioned to paint a mural for the London hotel The Stafford where she became friends with wartime hero Nancy Wake.
In recent years Annie’s interest has turned from painting to printmaking. For more than a decade she has been a passionate advocate of safer, healthier and environmentally friendly printmaking techniques.
Annie's research has had a particular focus on Waterless Lithography and she has been aligning her groundbreaking methodologies in this field in particular. These have been taught in workshops in the UK, Florence, Bowral, Newcastle, Kiama, Sydney, Rockhampton, Ballarat, Toowoomba and Mildura.
These safer printmaking techniques span many forms of printmaking practice including Waterless lithography, Aluminium etching, Photopolymer intaglio, Collagraphy, Stencil and other intaglio and relief techniques.
Annie’s CV includes the many projects she has been involved in over the past few years all over Australia and internationally from China to Luxembourg, Denmark, Brazil, Canada, USA, Switzerland, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain, Iceland, Bulgaria, France and UK
Robin has always had an awareness of nature and the world around her, and brings her astute observation into her work by the way she designs her pieces - with an understanding of composition that draws the viewer into the image. There is a harmony that runs through Robin's work that continues to please and invite, even when it is a piece you might have seen many times before. A theme of delicacy and detail pervades all Robin's work, whether it is a large colourful painting, a graphite drawing or one of the many editions of prints she is now producing.
Although Robin was self-taught as a teenager, her intensity of interest in all things visual, and consequently the quality of the body of work she now produces really began when she enrolled in Life Drawing classes at the ANU School or Art with the 3rd Year Sculpture students in 1985.
Since then she has studied a variety of mediums and attended a number of courses in Printmaking - a lot of them from the Warringah Printmakers Studio where she has assisted in teaching Printmaking to other students.
In July 2009 Robin travelled to Florence to partake in an intense Printmaking workshop, where she studied alongside students and experienced printmakers from all over the world.
Robin taught alongside her sister at The Rodd in Britain and at their inaugural printmaking workshop at Il Bisonte in Florence in 2010.
Robin has tutored several safer printmaking workshops in Australia and returns to Italy annually to teach printmaking at Il Bisonte Studio in Florence.
Waterless Lithograph - 3 plates