Anna Kristensen (b. 1983) lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC, and teaches Painting at Rutgers University-Newark. She received an MFA in Sydney, Australia at the University of New South Wales Art & Design, with a year of postgraduate study at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany.
Her exhibitions form constellations of photorealist paintings, extending their formal poetics into the viewer’s own physical space through a dialogue with the body, architecture, and sculpture – most recently sculptures made in glass. Each show is an open network for reflection upon the conditions of painting itself (texture, light, perspective) and a heightened awareness of the physical, emotional and psychological act of looking.
From 2009-2016 Anna was a lecturer in the School of Art & Design and School of Art History at University of New South Wales Art & Design. She has exhibited internationally and extensively across Australia with work in the collections of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art, University of Western Australia, Murray Art Museum Albury and Shepparton Art Museum. Residencies include the Australia Council Greene St Studio (New York City), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, (Omaha, NE), Art OMI (New York), Art Gallery of NSW Denise Hickey studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France). Her recent 2020 solo exhibition ‘Set’, at Ditch Projects (Springfield, OR) was developed on residency at the Vermont Studio Center and Mass MoCA. Anna is represented by The Commercial, Sydney.
Lives and works Brooklyn, NYC
Recent / Upcoming
Solo exhibition: Sets
The Commercial, Sydney, Australia
27 November – 23 December 2021
Group exhibition: Out of Place
‘Out of Place’
Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
17 April – 13 June 2021
Hany Armanious, Boyle Family, Bonita Bub, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Fiona Connor, Thomas Demand, Dale Harding, Anna Kristensen, Igor and Svetlana Kopystiansky, and Jasper Jordan-Lang.
Curated by Oscar Capezio
Studio residency at MASS MocA, Assets for Artists
October 2020, Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts
Art Omi International Arts Residency
August 2020 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY
Solo exhibition: Set
303 S.5th Avenue #165, Springfield, Oregon, USA
February 1 – March 1 2020
Opening reception 6-8pm, Saturday February 1
'A Window is a Verb' Booklet
“A Window is a Verb.” Text by Tom Melick. Designed by Nicholas Weltyk. Published by Anna Kristensen and Cooperative Editions. 12 pages 4-color digital print, 8.5 × 11 inches. First edition, 2020: 150 copies.
“Such questions and passing observations wouldn’t have come up today if your email arrived in the afternoon, when the light through the window has well and truly gone and the room turns dark and cool.”
Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center
Dip, 2017, acquired by the Art Gallery of Western Australia, for the State Art Collection
Group exhibition: Certain Realities
30 August – 10 November 2019
Murray Art Museum Albury, NSW, Australia
Curated by Michael Moran
This exhibition brings together the work of a group of Australian artists dealing with
forms of tension – variously physical, material, cultural, political and personal. This
tension evident in each artist’s work and the exchange that occurs between works
amounts to a collective vibration, in equal parts anxious and seeking to move beyond anxiety.
Artists include Brian Fuata, Anna Kristensen, Spence Messih, Archie Moore, Tony Schwensen, Lizzie Thomson, Isadora Vaughan
Residency at the Studios MASS MoCA
May 29 – June 18, 2019
Mass MoCA, North Adams, Massachussets, USA
Still Life Pt. II
28 February – April 6, 2019
Verge Gallery, University of Sydney, Australia
Curated by Adam Stone
Colleen Ahearn, Alan Constable, Lauren Dunn, Anna Kristensen, Alasdair McLuckie, Sanné Mestrom, Tully Moore, Toby Pola, Jake Preval, Kieren Seymour, Jackson Slattery, and Lydia Wegner
This exhibition is the second iteration of an ongoing exhibition series investigating the historically significant genre of still life through a contemporary lens. The exhibition brings together an otherwise disparate group of artists working from ‘life’ or ‘fiction’ to meditate on the notion of what a still life is in our current times.
The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation
Recipient of a grant from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada
Adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Newark, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, teaching Painting
Obsession: Devil in the Detail
30 November 2018 – 17 February 2019
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Obsession: Devil in the detail examines our fascination with the meticulous and micro, the real and the hyperreal and brings together a range of historical and contemporary works under three broad themes of still life, portraiture and landscape. Featuring artworks that seduce us with the power of their realism and intricate detail, the devil in the detail becomes the ideas and concepts that exist beneath the surface. Natasha Bieniek, Chris Bond, Erin Coates, Audrey Flack, Juan Ford, James Gleeson, Sam Jinks, Jess Johnson, Anna Kristensen, eX de Medici, Tully Moore, Callum Morton, Jan Nelson, Sandra Selig, Vipoo Srivilasa, Ricky Swallow, teamLab, Eugene von Guerard and more.
Curated by Danny Lacy Catalogue available with exhibition essay by Danny Lacy
Recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Career Development grant
Funding will support an 18 month program in New York, consisting of a mentorship, studio residency and skills development in flameworking glass
Video production for University of New South Wales Art and Design
7 videos produced for first year Painting classes at UNSWAD, Sydney. Each video is based around a basic painting topic – Tools, Materials and Supports; Tone and Value; Colour Interaction; Divergent Approaches; Convergent Approaches; Assemblage; Context and Installation. Written and directed by myself, editing and shooting by Lovecraft NYC.
Geelong Contemporary Art Prize
9 June – 19 August, opening Friday 8 June
Geelong Gallery Geelong Victoria, Australia
Judged by Lisa Sullivan, Senior Curator Geelong Gallery, Rebecca Coates, Director Shepparton Art Museum, and Justin Paton, Head Curator, International Art Art Gallery of New South Wales
7 – 28 January 2018
First Draft Gallery, Sydney
Tarik Ahlip, Bonita Bub, Mitch Cairns, Thomas Jeppe, Anna Kristensen, Sanne Mestrom, Joshua Petherick
Curated by Sarah Rees
Exhibition essay ‘Making Words from Plaster’ by Naomi Riddle
19 September 2017 Interviewed by Varia Karipoff
Sydney Contemporary Art Fair
13 – 16 September 2017
Carriageworks, Sydney The Commercial – Group Show (E06)
Bonita Bub, Mitch Cairns,Diena Georgetti, Patrick Hartigan, Anna Kristensen, Oscar Perry
Artist Profile: Australasian painters 2007-2017
8 July – 10 September 2017
Orange Regional Gallery, Orange, NSW Editors of Artist Profile magazine Kon Gouriotis and Lucy Stranger curated the exhibition from the magazine’s featured living painters.
Art Omi International Arts Residency
15 June – 11 July 2017 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY
A residency inviting 30 international artists, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. During four weeks each June – July, concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.