Anita Laurence was born in Hobart in 1963, and grew up in Melbourne. In 1983 she graduated in Fine Art-Painting, from the Prahran Campus of the Victoria College of the Arts. During 1984 she became a member of a printmakers and painters studio in Middle Park, Melbourne. She commenced printmaking with Bill Young at this studio. Her prints were first published by Port Jackson Press in 1985. She was selected to be a member of a group print exhibition curated by Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne University. In 1990 she recieved a commission for an edition of lincuts from The Brotherhood of St Laurence . The Country Education Program appointed her as co-ordinator of the Creative in the Community Program , King Valley in 1991. The following year Laurence was the Artist in Residence at Bright P12 College, Vic. During 1992 she was part of a three woman exhibition at Courier Gallery, Mansfield,Vic. She was winner of the Works on Paper Prize at the Wangaratta Art Show in 1992. In 1993 she had a one woman exhibition of her paintings and prints at Baysics, Brighton. During 1993/4 she commenced working as a hand colourist for Michael Leunig, Geoff La Gerche and John Spooner.
Born Hobart Tasmania, grew up in Warrandyte, Victoria
1981-83 Degree Fine Art Painting, Prahran College. 1998 Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne.
1985 Began making prints with Bill Young. 1985-93 Limited edition prints published by Port Jackson Press. 1991 Initiated ‘Developing Creativity in the Community’ a Country Education Project. 1992 Artist in School at Bright P-12 College. 1993-1998 Sophia Mundi Rudolph Steiner School, part-time teaching, printmaking, drawing and bookbinding. 1994 –2004 Limited Edition Prints published by Chrysalis Publishing. 1994 Hand colourist at Chrysalis Publishing for prints by Michael Leunig, John Spooner and Geoff La Gerche. 1996 Mosaic Sculptures: assisted Deborah Halpern with her ceramic sculptures for commission and exhibition. 1999-2004 Casual relief teaching Art in NE Victorian regional primary and secondary schools. 2001 Mosaic paver project with Edi Upper Primary School. 1999-2004 Painting, printmaking and bookbinding in King Valley, NE Victoria with husband Bill Young. 2004 Vietnamese Printmaking workshop with Nguyen Van Cuong at Lancaster Press, Brooklyn, Victoria
Group and Solo Exhibitions
2004 7th Annual King Valley Art Exhibition. The Muse Gallery of Milawa. ‘Art @ the Port’ Port Phillip Special School ‘Jazz Art’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. 2003 ‘Longitude & Latitude’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. Sophia Mundi Steiner School Art Exhibition , Abbotsford. Arthaus Group Exhibition Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. 6TH Annual King Valley Art Exhibition. The Muse Gallery of Milawa. 2002 ‘Surface 2 Surface’ NE Regional printmakers, Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. ‘Jazz Art’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. Arthaus, Café Martini, Wangaratta. Arthaus, GOTafe Wangaratta. Sophia Mundi Steiner School Art Exhibition, Abbotsford. 2001 ‘Flower Power’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. Meeting of the Waters Arthaus, Wangaratta. ‘Jazz Art’ Wangaratta Exhibitions Gallery. King Valley Virgin Wine and Food Art Exhibition. Sophia Mundi Steiner School Art Exhibition , Abbotsford. 2000 ‘Christmas Icons’ Veranda Gallery, Wangaratta. King Valley Virgin Wine and Food Art Exhibition. ‘Night Garden’, Arthaus, Wangaratta. 1999 ‘Body and Soul’ Wangaratta Jazz Festival. King Valley Virgin Wine and Food Art Exhibition. 1997 Australia Felix, fringe Exhibition, Benalla. ‘Out of The Drawers’ A.R.T. Gallery Eden, Melbourne. ‘Cornucopia’ A.R.T. Gallery Eden, Melbourne. 1998 ‘Impressions’ A.R.T. Gallery Eden, Melbourne. 1996 Australian Contemporary Art Fair 5, Chrysalis Stand. 1994 Australian Contemporary Art Fair 4, Chrysalis Stand. Chrysalis Publishing Exhibition. 1992 ‘In Bloom’ Solo Exhibition of oil paintings, linocuts and monoprints, Baysics Café, Brighton. ‘Visions of the Landscape’ Veritas Galleria, Eldorado. 19th Wangaratta Art Show. Courier Gallery Mansfield. ‘Garden in Art’ Veritas Galleria, Eldorado. 1990 ‘Glimpses of Treasure’ Margot Knox Studio Gallery, Melbourne. 1989 ‘Visions of Australia’ Gryphon Gallery, Melbourne. 1986 Warrandyte Post Office Preservation Group Exhibition. 1985 Box Hill Acquisitive Prize. 1983 Prahran Painters Exhibition. Prahran Campus/ Phillip Institute Exchange Exhibition.
Commissions and Prizes
2004 7th Annual King Valley Art Exhibition, Winner Contemporary Section. 2000 King Valley Virgin Wine and Food Festival Exhibition Winner 2 sections. 1999 Private Commission ‘ Under the Sea’ oil painting ‘Body and Soul’ 2nd prize. 1993 -2004 Relief prints and etching for Chrysalis Publishing. 1992 19th Wangaratta Art show, Winner of works on paper section. 1991 Brotherhood of St Laurence ‘Hollingworth Trust Collection’, Linocut title ‘The Home’. 1985-1993 Over 30 limited edition prints produced for Port Jackson Press. 1985-2004 Private commissions for wedding invitations and other special occasion cards.
National Australia Bank, Private collections in Australia, Japan and UK.