Annie Franklin has worked as a professional artist since completing her study in fine art (printmaking) in 1986.
During this time Annie has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Australia and the Australian Embassy in Paris.
In the early 1990’s Annie spent 4 years living and working with Tiwi artists at the Munupi Art Centre on Melville Island. “The delight in storytelling, connection with the land, observing daily rhythms that are punctuated by the changes in nature, the celebration of food; these elements had a resounding influence on my life and on my work; they continue to be the focus of my art practice today”.
Annie has been described as “an obsessive printmaker, a miniaturist who thrives on precise detail observed with the ‘innocent eye’ of a naïf painter…”
“Her paintings are decorative and ornamental, “folky” in their general mood and encrusted with brilliant vibrant colours and surfaces which constantly move into three-dimensional relief… While she avoids preaching, there is generally a message in her art. At times this is quite subtle and almost disguised, but inevitably it is not far from the surface”.
(Sasha Grishen, The Canberra Times, June 2005)