Anita Clipston earned her B.A. from Norwich School of Art and Design in the United Kingdom in Classical Animation in 1998 and worked in film and theatre for many years, working for companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Cinesite, Aardman & Blue Sky Studios. She studied in her spare time the Florence method at Mandy Boursicot Atelier in Vancouver, Canada. Where she also worked as a teacher and studio assistant. After the sudden loss of her Mother she channelled her energy in her own artwork and she went on to complete her M.F.A at the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art where she has just graduated with the class of 2021.
“My work embodies the quiet sense of being in this world. Seen by the persons lines and facets in face, the life and fire behind the eyes. The way the body holds its pose, the stance, the way a person places themselves in the chair, to the way they place themselves in this world. This is what has always fascinated me. How all these things tell a person's story be it mundane or brutal, calm or disturbing. How the person emerges from the paper, the paint and gives us a glimpse into their psychology, their own realism, their own social status and place in this world. Their life lived. To feel their stories, the pain and to paint it with raw truth and yet empathy. This is my truth in my art.”
She uses her knowledge and love of film to create tableaus and moments from her life with multiple layered allegory’s that represent wearing and unravelling trauma. In latest series her rooms are stages of life and her woodcuts are seen as the personal process between the stages. Using the use of 3D generated computer models and traditional 3d models to work her final compositions and lighting for her paintings to create a narrative and reveal her personal story.