Anne Desmet RA specializes in wood engravings, linocuts, lithographs and mixed-media collages. She has received over 40 international awards, had over 40 solo exhibitions, including five museum retrospectives, to date. Her work is in museum collections and publications worldwide. She was elected a Royal Academician in 2011. In 2018 she was elected an Honorary Fellow of Worcester College Oxford University for ‘distinction in the world of art’.
Anne Desmet was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1964. She gained a BA & MA at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Printmaking at Central School of Art and Design, London, UK. She has taught wood engraving widely, inc. at the RA Schools, British Museum and Middlesex University. An Honorary Fellow and former External Examiner (BA & MA Fine Art) Aberystwyth University, she is now External Examiner at Kingston College of Art. In 2011, Desmet was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Arts and is only the third wood engraver ever elected to the RA in its entire history. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE), the Royal West of England Academy (RWA) and the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE). In 1998 her retrospective exhibition,Anne Desmet: Towers and Transformations, opened at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, before touring the UK. In 2008, Manchester’s Whitworth Art Gallery launched a new retrospective: Anne Desmet – Urban Evolution, which toured until 2010. Her exhibition: Anne Desmet – Olympic Metamorphoses toured the UK from 2010-12. Desmet’s prints feature in selected solo and group shows worldwide. Since 1987 she has received over 30 national and international awards including (1989-90) a British School at Rome Scholarship in Printmaking. She has had 16 solo shows in London since 1990, including 6 with Hart Gallery, which represented her from 2003-2012.