Rosemary Vanns, Painter and Printmaker

Rosemary Vanns was born in Nottinghamshire in 1960 and originally trained and qualified as a registered nurse in Sheffield. A year into further midwifery training in Harlow, Essex in 1983 she gave up her studies to undertake an Arts Foundation Course …

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Rosemary Vanns was born in Nottinghamshire in 1960 and originally trained and qualified as a registered nurse in Sheffield. A year into further midwifery training in Harlow, Essex in 1983 she gave up her studies to undertake an Arts Foundation Course and then went on to gain a B.A (Hons) degree in Textile and Fashion Design at Winchester School of Art (1984-1987). In both 1988 and 1989 she was awarded places at the Royal College of Art in London to study for an M.A. in Fine Art Printmaking but the birth of her daughter and then her son in those years meant she was unable to attend.

She spent the next 20 years initially as a successful freelance textile designer for the international bedding and furnishings market creating designs for, amongst others, Sanderson, John Lewis, Jeff Banks and Vymura and numerous print and weave companies across the world. For the latter 6 years she returned to work as a surgical staff nurse in Sheffield and then as a district nurse and her local hospice. Her art making continued spasmodically during this period including a couple of minor awards but it was not until 2009 that she was able to commit herself to life as a full time artist.

Printmaking she feels has been instinctively her focus; she won the Printmakers’ Printmaker Award at Printfest in Cumbria in 2013 and in 2018 one of her screenprints was selected for the National Open Print Exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, London where she won The Galleries Magazine Award. Painting though is also an inspirational and important part of her work. Mark making and colour continue to predominate in both disciplines and subject matter is depicted in either semi abstracted or in more illustrative form. Her work has been described as, ‘a mixture of still life and landscape pieces that have a beautiful abstract fluidity and movement with a warm, earthy palette’.

Rosemary prepares and prints all her own small edition screenprints in her studio in the Derbyshire Peak District and exhibits regularly in several highly regarded galleries and art fairs across the UK.

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