Jeremy Annear portrait

Jeremy Annear

United Kingdom 1949

Abstract Art, Painting

Jeremy Annear
Jeremy Annear
United Kingdom
July 16, 2015
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Jeremy Annear is a British artist who belongs to a late generation of Modern British artists, best known for his abstract paintings.

Education and Inspirations

Jeremy Annear was born in Exeter, England in 1949. He characterizes himself as a European Modernist. At a young age, while developing his artistic style, he was exposed to St Ives Abstraction, so his art is heavily influenced by it, particularly that of Peter Lanyon, Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and others. In his work, the “traces” of the 20th-century European Art are also visible, as Annear also took after famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, George Braque and Joan Miró. As he worked in Germany and Australia, both of these cultures have influenced him as well.

Jeremy Annear - Untitled Abstract in Blue and Grey, 1994 - Copyright the Artist
Jeremy Annear – Untitled Abstract in Blue and Grey, 1994

In 1966, he enrolled in Exeter College of Art, majoring in Painting and Printmaking three years later, after which he received his Bachelor of Education from Rolle College in Devon, England in 1976. He was a lecturer at South Devon College from 1982 until 1984.

Moving and Soaking In

Three years later, Jeremy Annear moved to Cornwall, Lizard Peninsula, wanting to dedicate himself to painting completely. During the time he spent there, Annear became a member of the Penwith Society of Artists in 1988, and Newlyn Society of Art in 1989 (four years later he was elected a member of committee). Having been awarded a DAAD stipendium in 1991, he moved to Germany, where he has created and exhibited extensively. Germans particularly liked his unique style, which is why Germany possesses the second largest collection of his artwork (after the UK). In 1993, he went to Sydney, Australia, where he stayed for a longer period of time. There he got in contact with the Aboriginal culture, which affected his work. He then returned to the UK, where lives to this day, with his wife Judy Buxton, who is also a painter.

Jeremy Annear - Shifting Night Forms I, 2008 - Copyright IdeelArt
Jeremy Annear – Shifting Night Forms I, 2008


Annear uses a number of media – almost anything that comes to hand, as he says – but he focuses primarily on oil on board and canvas. The distinctive style of layering paint yields art pieces with textural surfaces, resembling reliefs. “I have always wanted to throw lots of paint onto my supports,” he says. “Part of the deepest satisfaction of painting for me has been to achieve exactly what I want with the paint.”

Annear manages to see a certain similarity among languages used to describe music, poetry, and painting. This “linguistic likeness” can as well be seen in many of his artwork titles, and just like Kandinsky for example, he is interested in synchronicity of music and the visual arts.

Jeremy Annear - Dawn Song (Studio), 2010 - Copyright IdeelArt
Jeremy Annear – Dawn Song (Studio), 2010

Annear has exhibited mostly in the UK, but his works were also popular in Germany, France and the Netherlands. He is represented by Messums Gallery in London, Campden Gallery in Gloucestershire, and as of March 2015, by IdeelArt Gallery.

Jeremy Annear currently lives and works in the UK.

Here you can read an interview with Jeremy Annear by IdeelArt.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2013Jeremy AnnearMessum’s LondonSolo
2013Jeremy AnnearNew Craftsman St IvesSolo
2012Jeremy AnnearCampden GallerySolo
2011Jeremy AnnearMessum’s LondonSolo
2010Jeremy AnnearCampden GallerySolo
2009Jeremy AnnearMessum’s LondonSolo
2007Jeremy AnnearNew Millennium Gallery, St Ives, CornwallSolo
2004Jeremy AnnearNew Millennium Gallery, St Ives, CornwallSolo
2004Group ShowNew Millennium Gallery, St Ives, CornwallGroup
2004ART 2004Islington Business Design Centre, LondonGroup
2003 -1998ART 2003David Messum Gallery, Islington, LondonGroup
2002Jeremy AnnearDavid Messum Gallery, LondonSolo
2002Art & SpiritualityTruro Cathedral, CornwallGroup
2001Jeremy AnnearNew Millennium Gallery, St Ives, CornwallSolo
2002-1996Kunst uit CornwallAmersfoort, Reina de Weyer, HollandGroup
2000Jeremy AnnearDavid Messum Gallery, LondonSolo
2000Twenty Years of Contemporary ArtFalmouth Museum and Art GalleryGroup
1999The Next Generation of Cornish paintersDavid Messum Gallery, LondonDuo
1999Aspects of AbstractionFalmouth Art Gallery, CornwallGroup
1999Cornish PaintingThe City Gallery, LondonGroup
1999Cornish Art in the NinetiesBeatrice Royal Gallery, EastleighGroup
1999/98Group ShowInnocent Fine Art, BristolGroup
1999/98The British Show TruroLemon St Gallery, Truro, CornwallGroup
1998Jeremy AnnearDavid Messum Gallery, LondonSolo
1998Jeremy AnnearNew Millennium Gallery, St Ives, CornwallSolo
19985 Leipziger Jahresausstellung 1998Leipzig, GermanyGroup
1998Panel PaintingsStephens Fine Art, LondonGroup
1998Newlyn NowRoyal West of England Academy, BristolGroup
1998/97/96Now and ThenDavid Messum Gallery, LondonGroup
1998/97Group ShowLondon Olympia Art FairGroup
1998/97The Little Picture ShowThe Rainy Day Gallery, PenzanceGroup
1997Jeremy AnnearDavid Messum Gallery, LondonSolo
1997Jeremy AnnearArtco Gallery, Leipzig, GermanySolo
1997Limelight IINewlyn Art Gallery, NewlynGroup
1997Quality of LightSt Ives Tate Peninsular Programme, Open StudioGroup
1997/96Group ShowCadogan Contemporaries, LondonGroup
1997/96Critic’s ChoiceNewlyn Art GalleryGroup
1995Group ShowOnline Gallery, SouthamptonGroup
1994Group ShowGalerie Plein 1, Zeist, HollandGroup
1994/93Group ShowG12, Amersfoort, HollandGroup
1993Jeremy AnnearPorthmeor Gallery, St Ives, CornwallSolo
1993The Edinburgh FestivalDemarco’s European Art FoundationGroup
1993Group ShowG12, Salthouse Gallery, St IvesGroup
1993Summer ExhibitionThe Royal Academy of Arts, LondonGroup
1993Demarco’s ChoiceNewlyn Art Gallery, CornwallGroup
1993Newlyn Fish FestivalNewlyn Art Gallery, CornwallGroup
1992Jeremy AnnearInternational Celtic Festival, Lorient, FranceSolo
1992Jeremy AnnearGalerie Passage, Berlin, GermanySolo
1992Crossing the Boundaries RoyalCornwall Museum, TruroGroup
1992/91/90Bath Contemporary Art FairOgle Fine ArtGroup
1992/91/90Contemporary Art FairIslington, London, Ogle Fine ArtGroup
1991Jeremy AnnearGalerie Maeder, Berlin, GermanySolo
1991Jeremy AnnearGalerie Altes RathausSolo
1991Jeremy AnnearGalerie Haus Martin, Bremen, GermanySolo
19905th International Art FairArt London 90Group
1990Six Porthleven PaintersThe Porthmeor Gallery, St IvesGroup
1989Jeremy AnnearThe Salthouse Gallery, St Ives, CornwallSolo
1989Jeremy AnnearThe Underground Gallery, BathSolo
1989St Ives 89New Street Gallery, PlymouthGroup
1989From CornwallThe Park Gallery, Cheltenham CollegeGroup
1989-1998Group ShowNewlyn Art Gallery, NewlynGroup
1988-1992Group ShowThe Penwith Society of Artists, Penwith Gallery, St IvesGroup
1986Group ShowLouise Hallet Gallery, LondonGroup