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Anna photographed 2014 in her favorite room - where she makes all her work

Images and Words 
by 
Anna Nielsen


In 1965, when Anna was 11, her family moved to Ireland from Denmark.  They lived in Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Waterville, Co. Kerry and Foxrock, Co. Dublin.  She was educated by the Dominican Nuns in Dunlaoire, has a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Bolton Street, College of Technology, Dublin and worked in both private and public sectors before moving to Wicklow in 1979 and has three children, Leo, Karl and Sophie and three grandchildren Sophia, Nathan and Penny

In 1980 she set up her own design and manufacturing business, mainly fashion, and worked from her home Workshop while the children were small 1980-1994.  The family moved to Ashford in 1991, where Anna has her Studio Gallery. Her first Exhibition of Original Drawings was in The Renaissance III Gallery, County Council Buildings, Wicklow, in 1993.  She has had many exhibitions since - her venues include a small gallery in Paris spring 2006 and Galleri Tavi, Skagen, Denmark 2007. In 2008 she illustrated Filíocht Ghrá na Gaeilge - Love Poems in Irish for CoisLife which won Irish Book of the Year 2009/10. Her projects include a one-off in France, export of images to both UK and South Africa and an ongoing realtionship with manufacturing and wholesale company Rikki Tikki in Denmark - She takes lots of interesting Commissions for example for BUPA, and in 2013 she completed one for the Westbury Hotel chain and is currently completing one for Brooks Hotel Drury Street, Dublin. She launched her first website and online shop in 2002 www.annanielsen.com

She is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland. Along the way she designed a range of ceramic pots made by potter Rob D’Eath in 2001, two ranges of silver jewellery and ‘Serendipity’ her third book was published late 2008, it is a hardback signed limited 1/500 and also a paperback version containing: - All prints published to November 2008.  Some of her work is also available in German and Danish and a few in French.

Although Anna was born in Lima, Peru, South America returning to Denmark when she was only 18 months old and her family generations back were Danish she has lived here in Ireland for over 45 years.  She has two brothers living in Killybegs Co Donegal and a brother and sister living in Kóbenhavn, Denmark.

"Images and Words' are a series of drawings and words about 'Life' - About the events and emotions we all experience - I get inspiration from my own life, from my family and everyone around me"

It all started with a small craft company in November 1994, making a range of prints and cards from her drawings.  All the images and words are original.  Anna draws the images using pen and ink - scans them into her computer writes and adds the words and prints them in different sizes in her workshop in Ashford, Co Wicklow.  She then signs and numbers them individually in pencil - usually 1/750 - They are traditionally framed by David Spollen, in Dunlaoire, Co. Dublin and then brought back to Wicklow where we add the typeset words to the back, corner titles and cellophane wrapping by hand here in our workshop - which is run by her son Karl and daughter Sophie.

Currently she produces: - Original paintings on Canvas, Original drawings, Commissions, 4 Books, over 200 Limited and Open Edition Prints in Frames, with Mount and in Tubes, Greeting and Postcards and the recent Textile Range as well as a limited selection of Ceramics and Silver Jewellery.


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