Canadian artist Anne Gudrun has always been fascinated by how colours and shapes define the essence and personality of things. As a child growing up in North Vancouver she was surrounded by the forest, mountains and ocean and could spend hours day-dreaming out her bedroom window, thinking and just observing life. Her visions and observations naturally made their way onto paper as intricate drawings of abstract form and colours, or life-like sketches of nature, people and places. She received her first oil paint set when she was nine years old and promptly taught herself to paint. Throughout her school years she excelled in the arts, and at 18 she set off to her ancestral home of Norway, spending a year at a small island art school. It was here that her love for the northern landscape and the beauty of nature took root.
Primarily a self-taught artist, Anne has studied locally with Canadian artists Kiff Holland and Dene Croft, as well as attending workshops and classes at Emily Carr College of Art and Design.
Anne has exhibited at numerous North Shore art events and local galleries, including the Ferry Building and Cityscape Galleries. She has been represented in Whistler, BC at the Art Junction Gallery and in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at the Rouge Gallery.
In 2012 she received the Don S. Williams Grant (FANS - Fund for the Arts on the North Shore), a cash award recognizing her artistic talent and accomplishments. Anne's paintings have received awards and special recognition in select online and international art competitions. Her painting 'Daisies' was chosen as part of a public art exhibition for the Harmony Arts Festival 2012.
She currently lives in North Vancouver where she paints and creates from her studio, spending her summers in Norway and travelling.
Her paintings reflect the beauty of nature with bold vibrancy and an innate sense of design.
Events and Exhibitions
Aug - Sept, 2018 'Ode to Summer', Pitt Meadows Art Gallery, Pitt Meadows, BC
March 10 & 11, 2018 North Shore Art Crawl, North Vancouver, BC
March 5 & 6, 2016 North Shore Art Crawl, North Vancouver, BC
March - July, 2015 Centennial Theatre Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
May 21 - 24, 2015 Art Vancouver, Vancouver Trade & Convention Centre, BC
Sept 27 & 28, 2014 Culture Days, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
January - March, 2014 Featured Artist, Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver, BC
Oct 22 - Nov 9, 2013 195 Studios Group Show, Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
September 27, 28 & 29 2013 Group Show 'A Touch of Paris' 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
August 2 - 18, 2013 Group Show 'A Responsive Landscape', Ferry Building Gallery, West Vancouver, BC
May 22 - July 16, 2013 Solo Show 'Flowers and Figures and Other Abstractions', North Vancouver District Library Foyer, North Vancouver BC
January - June 2013 Group Show, Centennial Theatre Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
May 3, 2013 Art World Expo at Science World, Vancouver BC
April 20 and 21, 2013 North Shore Art Crawl, North Vancouver, BC
January - February 2013 Art in the Hall, Solo Exhibit, West Vancouver Municipal Hall
September - October 2012 Botanical Art Exhibition, Light Space & Time Online Gallery
July - August 2012 Curbside - Bringing Local Art to the Streets, Mark Sager Foundation, Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC
March - April 2012 Bold and Beautiful, Group Show, Cityscape Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
November 2011 Deck the Walls, Group Show, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
October 2011 A Touch of Paris, group Show, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
July - August 2011 Harmony Arts Festival, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
May - July 2011 Featured Artist, Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver, BC
April 2011 North Shore Art Crawl, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
February 2011 An HeArt Affair, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
August 2010 - January 2011 Centennial Theatre Gallery, North Vancouver, BC
July - August 2010 Harmony Arts Festival, 195 Studios, North Vancouver, BC
July - August 2009 Harmony Arts Festival, West Vancouver, BC
Collections and Public Commissions
Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, North Vancouver Culture and Recreation, North Vancouver, BC, Canada
Curbside Program, Mark Sager Foundation for the Arts, Artwork Daisies, Jul - Aug, 2012
Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Art "Midsummer Forest" Landscapes Art Competition Light, Space & Time Gallery for May 2015.
Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Art "Roses" Botanical Art Competition Light, Space & Time Gallery for August 2013.
Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Art "Secret View" Nature Art Competition Light, Space & Time Gallery for February 2013.
Don S Williams Grant Recipient "FANS" - Fund for the Arts on the North Shore 2012
Hon. Mention September 2012 "Daisies" Botanical Art Exhibition Light Space & Time Gallery