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Degree: BA Fine Art Painting
University: Brighton University
Graduation Year: 2019

New Blood Art Statement

‘Who are you again?’ It’s a weird question - a complex existential enquiry. A question that artist Ani Grimes used to interrogate her own identity. She originated from China, has always identified as British. However, when her cultural identity was called into question and she found herself feeling scattered, experiencing feelings of displacement and rejection. So, Ani went on a glorious adventure of self-discovery (and solitude) into the English countryside, where she created artwork with the powerful message ‘just be…’ 

Grimes graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Fine Art and Painting this year, and has gone on to create a stunning array of pieces inspired by the rich landscape of the English countryside. Her work, which manifests in oils, depicts skeletal trees which she says are a metaphor for her ‘strong sense of self.’ Meanwhile, the reflective bodies of water found in her work stand for ‘self-reflection,’ and ‘ever-changing forms.’

The colours in Grime’s work compliment beautifully the theme of her artwork; cool blues, pale lilacs, and mint greens, all alluding to a nostalgic, cool clarity... detached and slightly melancholic.

Ani Grimes' creative venture is a poignant journey and one we invite you to join her on.

Artist Statement

This year I have been exploring lyrical landscape painting. My work is very much to do with ideas of nature, identity and self-reflection and the importance of finding moments of solitude, especially within nature. Through landscape painting, I explore feelings of solitude, loneliness and nostalgia. I am interested in the idea of individuality and how it links with cultural identity, as well as feelings of displacement and how one’s identity is connected to the landscape. Escaping from society and disconnecting from the social categories we’re put into allows us to ‘just be’ and become absorbed in nature and deep thought.

Being British but originating from China, I’ve often experienced feelings of displacement and rejection. I identify completely as British until someone questions me on where I’m from, my origins and family history. I have found in recent years that I identify most with the British countryside and these landscapes are the private places I go, to be alone and feel free. 

My own paintings of landscapes are often centred around forms of water and stark tree branches. Water to me, represents self-reflection with ever changing forms and flowing thoughts. The branches create stability and re-enforce a strong sense of self. This builds on my previous work, which has heavily centered around cultural identity, feelings of melancholy and loss.  

For me words are an essential aspect of my Art: poetry creates images, images create poetry. An example is the power of haikus and the way in which three lines of poetry can describe a feeling in a moment. I have been applying this to my own Art work, exploring the themes of absence and presence, and the power of empty space. 

Exhibitions

Original works:

Slipping away quietly

By Ani Grimes

£1200

Into the Peace of Wild Things ...

By Ani Grimes

£1200

The Road Goes Ever On and On

By Ani Grimes

£850

The Passing of Time

By Ani Grimes

£1200

Free Throughts Flow Down the R...

By Ani Grimes

£750

Beauty Arises in the Stillness...

By Ani Grimes

£850

Sold Artworks:

Overnight Rain

By Ani Grimes

SOLD