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Ann Massing

Painting in ink & watercolour, printmaking
St Barnabas Press

Initially academically trained in the traditions of Western Art, after a trip to China in the 1980s, I began doing East Asian painting in the literati style (painting by scholar-artists), then after retiring from my profession as a painting restorer I began to develop my printmaking skills; I also practice regularly life drawing.

My current work is a fusion of these interests. My artworks are often painted or printed onto handmade oriental papers and signed in the East Asian manner with red vermilion paste, often using an antique carved seal with my artist’s name Majingju.

As for many, the natural world is for me a source of joy, inspiration and restoration – a remedy for the busyness of our modern life.

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After having studied art history and fine art at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA,  and then at Strasbourg University in France, I trained as a painting restorer at the Institut für Technologie der Malerie in Stuttgart, Germany, becoming Diplom Restorator in 1978. I was Assistant to the Director at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge from 1978 to 2007 where I was a painting restorer and taught painting restoration.  I edited and wrote several books for the Hamilton Kerr Institute mainly on the history of European painting materials and techniques and on the restoration of paintings before I began developing my own artistic interests.

jumping for joy, linocut, 10 x 12 cm
tide coming in, wells next the sea, etching and aquatint, 18 x 29
sisters
Hare in the Moon,  ink and watercolour on Chinese paper
sisters, aquatint 16 x 22 cm
down to the beach wells next the sea  etching aquatint, 18 x 40.5
moonlit mountains,  ink and watercolour on Chinese paper
Lotus Dancing,  ink and watercolour on Chinese paper
wells next the sea walking on the beach 2 plate etching aquatint 20.5 x 32.5 cm
cecilia study in ink
golden lotus, ink and watercolour on chinese paper  42 x 29 cm
mother&child, Blakney, Norfolk Coast, ink and watercolour on chinese paper 14.5 x 20
helena
sparrows, ink and watercolour on chinese paper, c.26 x 30
pine and pussy willow, ink and watercolour on Chinese paper
monoprint rodi
Memories of the Pyranees , ink and watercolour on Chinese paper, c.22x 25 cm
Happy fish, ink and watercolour on chinese paper
cecilia backview
Cecilia  quick sketch
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