Birmingham-based artist Annette Pugh has a deep-set fascination with archive materials and the printed image. Through a range of media, she explores, edits and re-presents concepts relating to leisure, longing and absence.
Drawing on the family album and hitherto lost or forgotten souvenirs, Annette creates images that play with photographic histories and engage with a powerful sense of time, place and narrative through familiar yet anonymous figures, locations and scenarios.
Annette has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art, an MA in Fine Art and an MA in Art and Design Histories. She has exhibited extensively, including at the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition (Bristol), the Coventry University Drawing Prize exhibition, the West Midlands Open and the RBSA Open (Birmingham).
Her work is also exhibited in solo painting and photographic shows in commercial galleries, including most recently at Reuben Colley Fine Art (Birmingham) in 2019 and 2018 and at Argentea Gallery (Birmingham) in the same years. Recent group exhibitions include Figurative Art Now at the Mall Galleries, Ikon for Artists at Ikon Gallery Birmingham and Returning Voices (Art\write online project) in 2021, Hinterland 3 at the Medicine Gallery, Birmingham, in 2020, at Blue Door Gallery, Coventry, in 2019 and at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2018. Annette has contributed to a series of collaborative projects with Art\write and is co-curator of Next Wave, a biennial exhibition for emerging and mid-career artists.
Annette is also a member of Birmingham Artspace and RBSA.