Ann Cape

A n n   C a p e

Willcannia Landscape

Studying the figure has always been my focus and a lifelong obsession. My early career was particularly focused on drawing the figure with charcoal and pastel on paper but has naturally progressed to portraits in more recent years. Using oil on canvas, I enjoy the challenge of searching for my own interpretation of the sitter. My practice also includes some landscape, as the experience in the stillness of the landscape is very engaging, having participated in many visits to the outback landscape particularly.

Ann Cape studied art part time at North Sydney Technical college from 1964 to 1968, when she travelled to London where she attended Sir John Cass College part-time. Returning to Australia in 1972, she enrolled in a full-time course at the National Art School in 1972, and later Sydney University, obtaining a Diploma in Education from Sydney Teachers College in 1975. Cape subsequently taught in secondary schools, at Willoughby Art Centre and at the Royal Art Society of New South Wales, the latter until 2016, while continuing to give workshops in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Cape is the recipient of over 80 awards in regional and municipal exhibitions, including the Hunters Hill Art Prize (1991); Liverpool Art Prize (1993, 1994); Mosman Centenary Drawing Prize (1993); Fishers Ghost Contemporary Art Prize (1997); Blacktown Art Prize (1997, 2002, 2003); Bright Regional Gallery Art Prize (1998); Mosman Art Prize Viewers’ Choice (1999); 43rd Maitland Art Prize, Drawing (2000); Berrima Works on Paper Art Prize (2003, 2009); Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize, Life Drawing (2002) and the Portia Geach Portrait Prize, People’s Choice Award (2012, 2015, 2020). She was awarded the Mudanjiang China Residency in 2004, the 2006 Redlands Art Prize Artist-in-Residency and the Taronga Zoo Artist-in-Residency in 2011.

Major Commissions include a memorial stained-glass window, St Clements Anglican Church, Mosman (2014); Friendship Tree Sculpture, Mudanjiang, China and Mosman (2008); Fire station Memorial, Mosman Council (2007) and the OneSteel Boardroom Triptych, Whyalla, South Australia (2005).

Cape has adjudicated numerous art prizes, including the Evelyn Chapman Portrait Award, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery; Hornsby Art Prize; Kedumba Drawing Award; Lloyd Rees Youth Art Prize; Lane Cove Art Prize and the North Sydney Art Prize.

Her solo exhibitions include An Unending Shadow, Mosman Regional Gallery (with daughter, Sophie Cape, 2015); Selected Portraits, Moran Arts Foundation, Juniper Hall (2015); Natural Selection, NG Art Gallery (2011); Parlour Games NG Art Gallery (2013); Presence and Place, NG Art Gallery (2008); Gone to the Dogs, Landship Gallery (2007); True Lines, Arthouse, Sydney (2002); Renaissance Hotel (2000); Tamburlaine Vineyard (1996) and Wycombe Gallery (1990). As well as numerous group exhibitions.

Cape’s work is held in public, private and corporate collections in Australia and abroad, including AMP; OneSteel, Whyalla, South Australia; Hunters Hill Council; Liverpool Council; Cessnock Regional Gallery; Bega Valley Regional Gallery; Lismore Regional Gallery; Mosman Regional Gallery and Mudanjiang Art Academy, China.

Ann Cape was elected to membership of the Australian Watercolour Institute in 2019. She is also a member of FONAS (Friends of the National Art School), a Fellow of the Royal Art Society, New South Wales, and a member of the Advisory Committee, Mosman Regional Art Gallery.

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