East Anglian Artist, Anthea Durose
Anthea was born in Birmingham, England and received her art training at the Birmingham College of Art and Crafts.
She studied under Bernard Fleetwood-Walker R.A, a specialist in portraiture. Her training included graphical techniques, and she received commissions for book illustrations during her student days, from publisher Arthur James of Evesham.
After nine years of teaching art in South Africa where her pupils gained many awards, she returned to England, settling in East Anglia, where she is well-known, particularly in Essex and Suffolk.
In 1967 Anthea joined the art group of the eminent Dutch artist Cor Visser who had made his home in Ipswich, Suffolk, and counts herself fortunate to have received guidance from this well known painter. For some years she taught art for the East Suffolk County Council Adult Centre and ran her own art classes in Ipswich and Colchester.
A regular exhibitor with the Ipswich Art Society from 1967 when she was elected a member. She has also exhibited her work at the Minories Art Gallery, Colchester and with Dedham Arts Group where in 1976 she held a highly successful solo exhibition.
Anthea specialises in portraiture – particularly the difficult art of child portraiture – and her portraits of all age groups are in great demand. She also enjoys genre/figurative, landscape, flower and still-Iife painting. She works in a variety of media including oil, water colour and pastel.
In 1987 she was invited to exhibit a collection of her portraits at the Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums and Galleries as part of the Museum’s exhibition ‘The Triumphant Image’. This exhibition heralded the opening of a new area within the museum to show a number of early portraits recently renovated and now on permanent display.
In 1993 she was commissioned by the Maharaja Duleep Singh Centenary Trust to produce a portrait of H.R.H. The Maharajah Duleep Singh who was the last ruler of the Punjab. The portrait was to mark the centenary of the late Maharajah who from the age of fourteen had lived most of his remaining days in England. During his minority the young prince was fostered by Queen Victoria who later settled on him the estate of Elvedon. Anthea’s portrait hung in the Thetford museum for a number of years.
Her work can be viewed in the collection of the Ipswich Borough Council’s Museums and Galleries and in many private collections throughout England, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, South Africa and Canada. She has also received commissions for her paintings from clients in New York and California.