Anne Sudworth is a British artist internationally known for her paintings of magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. Drawing and painting since early childhood, she started her career as a professional artist in 1993 when she presented her first exhibition "Visions and Views". Many more exhibitions have followed including the highly successful "Dreams and Whispers" show and "The Dark Side". She has since exhibited widely and now has work in many collections around the world including Germany, Australia, America, Russia, Japan, New Zealand and the UK. She is a self-taught artist, always preferring to explore her own ideas. She has worked with a variety of media including oil, clay, charcoal, watercolour and pen and ink. She now works mostly with pastel.
Her dark moody pastel paintings are deeply involved with nature and its more mystical aspects, something which is most evident in her "Earth Light Trees". She is perhaps best known for her "Earth Light Trees", an ongoing series of paintings which represents a central theme in her work, where trees, woodlands and forests glow with their own "earth light" and life force, symbolising the power and energy which the earth holds. Moonlight is also a dominant feature with the moon in various phases providing an important part of the symbolism which runs throughout her paintings. She is also well known for her depiction of many of the British megalithic sites, among them—Avebury, Stonehenge, Wayland's Smithy and Castlerigg Stone Circle. Her inspiration comes from many things including dreams, mysticism, nature, death, mythology and folklore. Her paintings are often described as gothic and her strange, haunting works, particularly her moonlit scenes, have influenced many. She is also described as a visionary artist.
In 2001 there was a large solo exhibition of her work in Cork Street, London at the Gallery 27. In 2002 she won a Chesley award for her painting "The Snow Tree". In 2004 there was a major solo exhibition of her work in London at the A&D Gallery. Also in 2004 she was a featured artist guest and art show judge at DragonCon in Atlanta. In 2006 there was an exhibition of her pastels and charcoals at Cannizaro House in London. In May 2007 there was a major solo exhibition of her work in London at the Square One Gallery. In Spring 2008 she was invited to exhibit at the famous Strawberry Hill House in London, home of Horace Walpole, who wrote the first Gothic novel "Castle of Otranto". In 2009 she exhibited at the Mall galleries, London and had a solo show at The Grey Chapel Art Gallery, Glastonbury. In 2010 her "Tiny Dreams" exhibition was held in Lancashire. In 2011 she was approached by English Heritage who now stock prints and cards of her work. In October 2012 there was a major exhibition of her work at the SW1 Gallery in Mayfair her ninth solo London show. She has also exhibited at a number of art fairs including the Art on Paper Fair, London.
Sudworth's work was described by Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage with the words:
Anne Sudworth's art awakens the inner glow I felt as a child when I beheld a tree for the first time under moonlight. She recalls in me a soft, light green illumination that restores my imagination; gives me strength in my adult life, and never stops burning no matter how dark the night gets. Like Graves' "White Goddess" her paintings are poetic, magical gifts direct from the source.
Sudworth does not do illustration work and very rarely accepts commissions. She has, however, produced a small number of covers for Storm Constantine and Gwyneth Jones, as well as a number of other authors and musicians, including Oliver Wakeman. She is a well-known figure on the Goth scene and has appeared in a number of books on both art and goths including Mick Mercer's well known Goth Rock Books.
In 2000, the publisher Paper Tiger published a book on Sudworth's work called Enchanted World: The Art of Anne Sudworth. In March 2007 a new book on her work was published by AAPPL, called "Gothic Fantasies: The Paintings of Anne Sudworth".
- Hex Files: the goth bible by Mick Mercer ISBN 0-7134-8033-5 p.122
- 21st Century Goth by Mick Mercer ISBN 1-903111-28-5 p.174
- Enchanted World: The Art of Anne Sudworth - Paper Tiger ISBN 1-85585-768-5
- Gothic Fantasies: The Paintings of Anne Sudworth - AAPPL ISBN 978-1-904332-56-5