Annie Zamero is a self taught artist who studied for a science degree but was always painting and drawing in her spare time ever since childhood. She then spent a number of years in Merchant Banking in the City of London whilst attending drawing and painting classes at Central Saint Martins and the Hampstead School of Art. There followed a period of serious illness after which she met a group of artists and began exhibiting thus embarking on a career as an artist.
Annie likes to involve a sense of humour in her work and satirises public figures set in an art historical context. Like George Condo she thinks painting can be both challenging and comedic. Like Gerald Scarfe she uses satire to uncover aspects of her chosen subject they would rather not reveal in their public persona.
In 2011 Annie Zamero founded The Magma Group which is an international collective of artists who share the objective of combining conceptual and expressive qualities in art, notwithstanding that these qualities may seem to be mutually exclusive.
Annie has exhibited in London, Paris and Athens and has taken part in the European Capital of Culture Festival (2008) and the Liverpool Biennial (2010). She was also selected for ‘Connection Point London’ by Max Presneill of the Torrence Art Museum Los Angeles and by Edward Lucie-Smith, art critic and writer (2011).
“I hope (the images) may crystallise a mood or sum up an attitude …or, even better…..(make) you laugh…” Gerald Scarfe, ‘Drawing Blood’.
My paintings satirise works of public figures set in an art historical context, therefore humour is an important element in the work. Like George Condo I think that painting can be both challenging and comedic; Condo asks us to consider how absurd a painting can be and yet be ‘serious’. I share his sense of the ridiculous and strive for a convergence of gravitas and the cartoon. Satire can also be serious, and like Gerald Scarfe I am interested in using satire to uncover aspects of my chosen subjects that they would rather not reveal as part of their public persona.
Using art historical references with contemporary subjects brings art history into modernity, giving it a contemporary relevance. It also steeps the modern within the richness of painting tradition, echoing the characters of times long past and linking with their lives and dramas. Also it involves the idea of the political cartoon as a piece of fine art. My main inspiration comes either from looking at old masters or from seeing media images of a public figure. I am particularly interested in the Baroque period for its sense of drama, and more recently the Rococo period for its flamboyance. The public figures are selected because of their personal power; they are often iconic figures.
My methodology involves photographing myself or others dressed in the costume of the chosen character; this increases my sense of personal involvement and helps to identify with the subject, enhancing the facility for character and expression. It also involves my adopting the physicaI pose of the subject which is a technique proposed by Cecil Collins and which I learnt from his protoge Ruth Eisenhardt who continued his teachings after his death. In her classes we would hold the pose of the model whilst listening to music and this ‘locked’ the muscle positions and tensions into the subconscious which greatly informed the rapid spontaneous drawings that followed.
My preparation includes multiple spontaneous “chance” drawings in order to incorporate accident into the final imagery and allow a sense of naivety in the cartoon-like forms. I also make a more considered large scale drawing.
Other Influences are John Currin for “creating” people (using contemporary magazine photos in an art historical context), Rembrandt for character and costume and Mauritzio Cattelan for the political cartoon as fine art. Also of contextual relevance is Alison Jackson for satirising public figures.
2012: ‘Elizabethan Avant Garde’ , Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1. Selected by
Edward Lucie-Smith and Charles Thomson
2011: ‘Connection Point London’ Bermondsey Project Space, London SE1
Selected by Edward Lucie Smith and Max Presneill of the Torrence
Art Museum, Los Angeles.
2011: Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Pall Mall, London SW1, selected by Gayane
Umerova, Sothebys (UK) Ltd.
2011: ‘Enemies of Art’, Lauderdale House, London N6. Selected by Charles
Thomson and Edward Lucie- Smith
2010: Liverpool Biennial, View Two Gallery, Liverpool.
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery and Charles Thomson.
2008: European Capital of Culture Festival, View Two Gallery, Liverpool.
Selected by Ken Martin, Director View Two Gallery
2007: ‘A’ Gallery, London, SW19. Selected by Frasier Kee-Scott, Director
2007: Novas Summer Show, Novas Gallery, London, NW1. Selected by Novas
2007: Salon Des Arts Summer Show, 191 Queens Gate, London SW7. Selected by
Peter Templeton, R.A. and Danielle Dodd, Director of Saon Des Arts.
2006: Islington Art and Design Fair, Candid Galleries, London, N1. Selected by Candid
2012: ‘Major Arcana’, Islington Arts Factory, London N7
2012: Bow Arts Open, Bow Arts Trust, Bow Road London E3
2012: ‘The Magma Group’ –‘Fusion’, Apricot Gallery, The Rag Factory, London E1
2011: International Artspace, Adzac House Museum, PARIS
2011: ‘The Future Crayon’, George Tavern Arts Centre, London E1
2010: ‘Remodernist Show’, Lauderdale House, London N6
2010: Artspace Galleries, Maddox Street, London W1
2010: Private Auction at the home of Tom Conti, London NW3
2010: ‘Under the Cover of Romantic Anonymity’, Ash-In-Art Gallery, ATHENS
2009: Matisonn Burgin Gallery, London, EC2
2009: Stoke Newington Fringe Festival, Praxis Warehouse, London, N16
2009: West-Eleven-Gallery, London, W11
2009: Islington Arts Factory, London, N7
2011: ‘Politics and Royals’, Lauderdale House, London N6
2009: ‘Baroque Embarrassment’ , Levitski Gallery, London E5
2007: The Salon des Arts, London, SW7
CURATOR FOR EXHIBITIONS
2012: ‘The Magma Group’-‘Fusion’, Apricot Gallery, The Rag Factory, London E1
2009: West-Eleven Gallery, London W11
2012: Talk at Parallax Art Fair:- “Forming an Artists’ Collective”, Chelsea Old Town Hall,
Kings Road, London SW3
2012: Directed The Magma Group’s Public Performance at Tate Modern (Video on
2011: Founded The Magma Group (www.themagmagroup.co.uk) an international artists’
Dean Hall, Impasto Art Management, Clerkenwell, London
Elizabeth Layfield, Land Agents, Mayfair, London
Ms P. Maleh, Mayfair, London
Tim Clarke, Morgan Stanley Bank, Hong Kong
Steve Abrahams, London
Elsa Dax-Kerr, Paris
Dr Chris Barlow, ‘Proem:1819: Dialogue’ Exhibition Catalogue, 2012
Dr Chris Barlow, Gayana Umerova, Parallax Art Fair Catalogue, 2011
Cristina Pedreira, ‘Connection Point London’ www.cristinapedreira.com/…/connection-point-london-this-years-show 2011
Dr Robert Janas, Edward Lucie-Smith, Charles Thomson, ‘Enemies of Art’ Victoria Press, 2011
Odysseus Yakoumakis, Exhibition Catalogue, published by Ash-in Art, May 2010
Charles Thomson, ‘An Antidote to the Ghastly Turner Prize’ Victoria Press, 2010
Dr Robert Janas, ‘Stuckism International’ Victoria Press, 2009
‘Gallery 5 Exhibitions’ Art in London Magazine, Spring 2009
Simon Wroe: ‘You Can Go Stick It!’ Islington Tribune, February 27, 2009
Lee Levitt, ‘What is it Good For?’ Independent Newspaper Reviews, December 12, 2003
Lee Levitt, ‘Artist Draws our Attention to Peace’ Hampstead and Highgare Express, News in Brief, November 21, 2003
Vesna Petkovic, ‘Religion Art and War’ Exhibition Catalogue published by The Salon des Arts in association with Lyndons Arts Trust and Pro Art, December 2003