Born in 1962, Anne Bialke was raised in Northern Minnesota and graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art in 1984. After a stint living abroad and then working as a graphic designer in Minneapolis and Phoenix, AZ, she completed an M.F.A. in Illustration from Syracuse University in 1990. In 1995, wishing to further her oil painting technique, she took a workshop with Thomas S. Buechner and Marty Poole, and began a relationship with West End Gallery. In the intervening years, Anne has continued to explore oils, with occasional forays into gouache and pastel. Her artistic life has included book illustration, graphic design, theatrical set and residential mural painting. Oil painting is her primary interest and subject matter includes landscapes, florals, figures, portraits and animals.
“With a strong background in drawing, I am interested in line as it reveals the gesture and movement of living things. The drape of a tree, or a hand, or the contour of a horse’s leg, all are so important in describing that thing, how it moves against the wind, or rests against a cheek, or springs across the grass. My primary artistic inspiration in recent years has come from the American Impressionists, who captured moments of beauty with exciting color and shape but no dissolution of form. Their brushwork was descriptive, not formulaic, and their subjects have a reassuring solidity. This combination of poetry and realistic representation is what I strive to capture in my own work.”Anne Bialke