Gemma Anderson was born in
Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1981. She has recently completed a
prestigious residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. During
and since the completion of her Printmaking MA at the Royal College of
Art, she has been included in numerous group exhibitions including
Isolation Show, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2009), Hot Off the
Press, Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London (2008), An Experiment in
Collaboration, Jerwood Space, London (2008), Catlin Art Prize, London
(2008), and Drawing Ezo, Nepenthes Gallery, Japan, Sapporo (2008, solo
She has won several awards and residencies, such as the ICC residency, Sapporo, Japan 2008, RHA Thomas Dammann Award 2009, Arts Council Purchase Award 2009, Wellcome Trust Arts Award 2009, Man Group Drawing Prize Winner, Royal College of Art 2007. Public collections: Braid Museum and Art Centre, Ballymena, N.Ireland, Falmouth College of Art, Cornwall, Royal College of Art, London.
The distinctive line drawing she developed led her to practice etching which she became almost puritanical about throughout the Royal College of Art. Her life size etchings are all drawn directly onto the plate from the subject and then elaborated on in the studio. It is rare to see etchings on this scale and rarer stil to find etchings drawn directly onto copper from life.
Anderson's work is an insight into her time spent on her Residencies, her places of extensive research, and the personal lives of her friends and family.