ANNA KRISTENSEN

Anna Kristensen (b. 1983, Sydney, lives New York) works primarily in painting, exploring the contested ground between painting, photography and objective space. Architecture and geology have been recurrent themes. She constructs formal constellations in her exhibitions that often combine painting and sculpture with various techniques of photo-reproduction (e.g. screen-printing, lenticular prints). She has executed a number of commissioned large-scale wall paintings.

Kristensen has undertaken several residencies in the USA: MASS MoCA (2019), OMI International Arts Centre, Ghent, New York (2018), The Australia Council for the Arts’ Greene Street Studio in New York (2013) and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha (2013). She was awarded a Master of Fine Arts (Research) by the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney in 2009. In 2007, she was a visiting student at the Universität der Künste, Berlin (class of Anette Haas). She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA, teaching Painting 1: Introduction to Painting.
 
Kristensen has presented solo exhibitions for over a decade in regional and commercial galleries and artist-run-initiatives in Australia and Berlin as well as participating in group exhibitions in Australia, Italy, Singapore and the US. Solo commercial exhibitions in Australia include The Commercial, Sydney (2016), Gallery 9, Sydney (2014, 2011, 2008), Kalimanrawlins Gallery, Melbourne (2011).

In 2011, Kristensen first exhibited her major early work, Indian Chamber, an in-the-round panoramic oil painting of the Jenolan Caves that was two years in production. Indian Chamber has been exhibited extensively in regional galleries in Australia.

Group exhibitions include Obsession: Devil in the Detail, curated by Danny Lacy, Mornington Penninsula Regional Gallery (2018-2019), Antipodean Inquiry, curated by Owen Craven, Yavuz Gallery, Singapore (2016); Solid State, curated by Michael Do, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney (2015); OBJECT LESSONS II: Curtain Situations, curated by Gemma Weston, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth (2015); Right here right now, curated by Michael Do, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney (2015); Picture Perfect, curated by Fantom Editions, Viasaterna, Milan (2015); Seven Points (part one): Marley Dawson, Anna Kristensen, Angelica Mesiti, curated by Bree Pickering, Embassy of Australia Gallery, Washington DC (2013); Bellowing Echoes, curated by Marcel Cooper and Bronwyn Bailey-Charteris, Next Wave Festival, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (2012); Hatched: National Graduate Show, curated by Leigh Robb, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth (2006).

Anna Kristensen’s work is in the collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, the Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, the University of Western Australia, Shepparton Art Museum and Wollongong City Gallery.

Kristensen is currently working towards a major solo exhibition at The Commercial for 2020.