Anne Desmet was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1964. She gained a BA (1986) & MA (1991) in Fine Art at Oxford University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking (1988) at Central School of Art & Design, London, & was awarded a Rome Scholarship in Printmaking (1989). She lives & works in London and is represented by Hart Gallery, London. She was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts (RA) in 2011, in the category of Engravers, Printmakers & Draughtsmen.
Collections with her work include: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Victoria & Albert Museum, National Art Library, British Museum, British Library, all London; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; Bradford Museums & Art Galleries; Ex Libris Museum, Moscow, Russia; Musee d'Art Contemporain, Chamalieres, France; Ostrobothnian Museum, Vaasa, Finland; Museu de Arte do Espirito Santo, Vitoria, Brazil; Municipal Art Gallery, Lodz, Poland; Museo Civico, Cremona, Italy; IMG Corporate, New York, USA.
Anne Desmet specializes in wood engraving, linocut & collage. Her collages are often made from selected details cut from sample printings of her engraving & lino blocks & may incorporate other materials such as pen/pencil drawing, gold leaf, street-map fragments, banknotes & marbled papers. These are glued onto various surfaces including archival card, painted wood, seashells, mirrored glass, ceramic tiles & roofing slate to create unique, diverse & complex artworks.