Anne Aspinall was born in Manchester in 1949, and trained at the Manchester College of Art & Design. She joined the Longden Gallery & Workshops in 1986 as a printmaker specialising in etching. From 1988 to 1989 she travelled extensively in Europe and North Africa where the effects of strong sunlight on the desert landscape and the rich texture and patterns of the archit...ecture and textiles made a lasting impression. Her paintings start with the monoprint process where ink is applied to a perspex plate using rollers. This enables transparent layers of colour to be built up and texture is added by working back into the ink using stencils, brushes and rags. The image is then transferred onto paper by use of an etching press. When the inks have dried, Anne works into the monoprint with chalk, oil pastel and paint to achieve the final mixed media painting. The affection that Anne feels for her subjects is clear, and the work has a generosity and warmth that is extremely welcoming. Anne’s work is a personal response to the patterns and rhythms inherent in the landscape and the subtle changes of light and colour through the seasons.
Her skill with a palette knife to conjure light, reflection, and atmosphere in oil is a joy to behold. The paintings are widely enjoyed because despite Anne's depiction of very specific places, they are not limited by their geographical location. The work, the technique, and the colour are enough, she describes herself as a colourist. Her work is influenced by William Gillies, Anne Redpath, Barbara Rae, Joan Eardley, Kyffin Williams and Gwilym Pritchard.
Aspinall has exhibited widely across the U.K. and internationally. Her work can be found in collections in Europe, the United States and Australia.