Angela Annesley

Based in West Cornwall, Angela specialises in handprinted woodcuts and original paintings. Her work brings the wild side of Cornwall to life with windswept trees, animals roaming in their natural habitats and traces of the darker, more elemental sides of life and landscape of the peninsula. To discuss any projects, please email angela@ravenstongue.co.uk


Angela uses Japanese woodcarving chisels in her work, utilising ply, natural wood and hardboard. She works freely, without the constraints of traditional woodcut technique. A sparse sketch begins each piece, with detail added according to mood and time. Each woodcut edition is printed on a handmade press in the Ravenstongue Studio, and signed and numbered. Some woodcuts are also available on textiles, including cushions.


These paintings are mixed-media, using gesso and charcoal alongside acrylic or oil paint. Like the woodcuts they start with a rough sketch and gain their character through the repeated application of layers of colour, which is then bounded and directed by strokes of charcoal. The result is a colourful and multifaceted response to sky, land, sea and town that represents a printmaker's vision of the painted world.

Ravenstongue Press Books

Collaboration provides an alternative way of looking at art. Angela's illustrated story books, published by Ravenstongue Press, bring in the talents of writers who are either responding to her woodcuts or who have provided original work to be illustrated. She works with local writers, including her sister, Sarah Thomas, to produce tales of animals, lives and folklores that echo the realities and secrets of the natural world in all its forms, heartwarming, vital and primal.


Angela is also a book illustrator. She has worked with local writing groups in Cornwall and also with The History Press to produce a series of covers to illustrate their collections of folk tales. She has also designed Tshirts for eco surf brand Finisterre, produced illustrations for the award-winning short film Backwoods and backdrops for dance/circus company MakeShift. To discuss an illustration, please email art@angelaannesley.co.uk

Ravenstongue Studio Workshops

Printmaking workshops are available in the Ravenstongue Studio in West Penwith by arrangement. The studio is set in a small watchtower in the countryside overlooking the Tin Coast and its spectacular seas. One to one tuition is available (£95), or groups of 2-3 (£65 per person). Workshops are for one day and most people will be able to cut and print a small 8×8¨ woodcut in that time. All materials are provided. Please email art@angelaannesley.co.uk to book.


Private commissions are welcome. Past commissions have come from individual writers, dog owners and poetry groups, and have included CD covers, wedding invitations, birthday presents and gifts of love. Angela can work from photographs, if a specific likeness is required, or from an idea or description. If you would like to discuss a commission, please email art@angelaannesley.co.uk with as much detail as you can and your budget. Prices start at £150.

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