Painter from Blue Mountains
Anna please introduce you to the readers, where are you based? What about your artistic background?
I live and work in a region on the outskirts of Sydney New South Wales named The Blue Mountains in Australia.
I studied graphic design and worked for over ten years at Walt Disney Animation TV where I would churn out 200 drawings a week for cartoons.
How the idea of mixing vintage subjects with surreal, futuristic backgrounds was born?
I have always been an artist in that I have painted from a young age (mostly portraits of family and friends) but felt I could not part with or sell such personal work, so the idea of painting anonymous people I found in old photos came to fruition around three years ago.
In a nod to Surrealism, I did not simply want to copy an image of a person and leave it at that where there is no story, but combine it with backgrounds that did not make sense (1950s women on a lunar landscape, JFK and Jackie walking in an iceberg etc).
This started and set the ball rolling towards more narrative work where there seemed to be something else going on and people’s interpretations of the work were fascinating to me.
What are your main references in Art?
I have always been drawn to the disturbing subject matter of the Surrealist painters like Magritte and de Chirico, as well as the quietness and solitude of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth.
What is your Era? Are you nostalgic, like the vintage subjects of your artworks or fascinated by the future like the landscapes you represent or maybe are you focused on the present?
As a teenager in the 80’s I was listening to The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones and loved watching old Hollywood movies, thus the love of all things from that era was born.
To me the culture, design and music of the 50’s through to the 60’s has never dated as it is the pinnacle of ideal taste. I see people born in the 70’s whose lifestyles are ruled by the fashion of the 1950s.
The dedication to that era from these people has outlasted the actual decade which is interesting.
In the space age era of the 60’s the fashions were influenced by the lunar landings. I find it fascinating that that time seemed more futuristic than today in some ways.
What are you working on? Current projects and Exhibits.
I had my first solo exhibition at a local gallery this year in May which I found a tremendous experience. I would love to keep exhibiting so I am applying to various venues in Australia.
I am also open to exhibiting overseas too.
Where can we Follow Anna Di Mezza Art?
You can follow me on my instagram page:
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