Having just moved back to England after 17 years away, a multitude of events and experiences have helped define the art of Ann Healey. Following a Fine Art & Mathematics degree and two subsequent years broking in London, Healey left England to embark on a 12-month journey around the world.
Following two months in Asia, and just three weeks into the Australian leg of her journey, whilst trying to drive from Sydney to Perth, engine failure and two weeks of orange picking lead Healey to return to Singapore. Never intending for it to be permanent, she stayed for 17 years, building up a successful career as an artist. In 2015, she decided to come home to England, with no real plan other than ‘it will all go well’ which, so far, seems to be prophetic.
Ann Healey’s work is informed by elements from both her country of birth and the country where she spent almost two decades. Healey integrates the decoration of her childhood-patterns from old wallpaper, material collected by her maternal grandmother and elements of graffiti-with components of Asian inspired design and popular culture, referencing cartoon imagery in particular. Using technology to manipulate the abstract shapes, figures and partially obscured structures, she alters the original components of the work, in a process that deforms and then reforms the original parts into an unfamiliar actuality.
Ann Healey received a First Class degree in the combined studies of Fine Art Painting and Mathematics from Liverpool University after completing her Foundation Course at Central Saint Martins. She has held thirteen solo exhibitions around Asia as well as taking part in numerous group shows in galleries including the Singapore Art Museum. She has been commissioned by brands from F1 Night Race Singapore to the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.