Anja Percival

Anja is a printmaker, fascinated by the different atmospheres that light creates in our environment.

Anja’s etchings are hand-drawn, created by working directly onto the copper plate with a wax pencil. She rarely starts with line, but instead focus on the highlights within an image. She uses techniques that build on the areas that will remain light, instead of building up the image with dark line and shading.

Her colour palette is relatively subdued. She feels that strong colour would detract the attention from the subtle tonal variations within the imagery, and she frequently focuses on spaces that do not include the human figure.

Her choice of subject matter is usually quite ordinary, but it’s the effect that light has within spaces that captures her attention. Anja finds it interesting to see light transforming the unremarkable to the remarkable, revealing a whole new level of visual stimuli.

Anja is a full time self-employed artist, who runs her own printmaking studio in Fowlers Yard, Durham City.

Exhibitions and Awards

Soon after her return to the North East, after a 5-year period of working in Denmark, she was awarded ‘Printmaker of the Year’ at Printfest 2010, and she secured gallery representation both nationally and internationally, with outlets including London, New York, Denmark, Sweden and Canada.

In September 2012, Anja held a solo exhibition in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral, and that same year her work was selected to hang in the newly refurbished Millbank House, within the House of Lords.

In 2014 she was thrilled to participate in the International Print Biennale with the first solo show in her own studio, in association with Northern Print, the regional centre from printmaking in the North East.

In the autumn of 2015 her work was selected to participate in the New Light Prize Exhibition at Panter & Hall in London, along with 15 other artists, chosen from over 2000 submissions.