Ann Gilleece


Artist statement


The early inspiration for my work came directly from my involvement in the performing arts, as a professional orchestral musician. The image of that first print was of a cellist, sitting behind his instrument. Other influences on my work include Italian landscapes, the Italian Renaissance (commedia dell'arte, artists, architecture) and famous women from the past. I use a variety of techniques in my work, but my favourites are sugarlift and aquatint. The starting point for many of my prints is a drawing or a photograph. After that, the medium often dictates over any technical choices I make. Printmaking represents my secret garden, that place where I can find my inner self.


Artist biography


Born in Cork, Ann Gilleece studied viola at Royal College of Music London and Folkhochschule fur Musik, Mannheim, Germany. She has worked as a professional musician in Ireland, Italy and Germany. With an MA in Italian from University College Dublin, Ann took up print-making in 2002 and became a member of Black Church Print Studio in 2012. The inspiration for her prints comes from Italian landscapes and Italian opera.


Selected exhibitions



RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin

Miniprint International, Cadaques, Barcelona

Miniprint, Lessedra, Bulgaria

BIMPE VII, Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibiion, Vancouver, Canada

A4 printmakers, Falmouth, Cornwall



A4 short-listed, prints exhibited in Guanlan (China), Cornwall and Massachusetts,USA

Kilcock Art Gallery winter exhibition, Co.Kildare



'Impressions', Christmas Exhibition at Galway Arts Centre

'Anonymous', Fundraising exhibition for Lorg Printmakers, Galway                       

'BIG VISION - Small Works', Christmas Exhibition at Kilcock Art Gallery, Kildare           

'Airfield Printmakers', Christmas Exhibition, Airfield House, Dundrum, Dublin           

'Additions 4', group show, Lucan Library, Co. Dublin

Clarkeville Art Gallery, Palmerstown, Dublin                                                                        

Seen / Unseen', Westport Arts Festival, Co.Mayo

'BIMPE VI', selected for The Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition,Vancouver, Canada

The Mill Cove Awards', selected for Mill Cove Awards 2010 at Mill Cove Gallery, Castletownbere, Co.Cork

'A4 Printmakers', selected for international A4 print exhibition, Falmouth, Cornwall

'New Additions', National Print Museum, Dublin

Moate Theatre', group show with Leinster Printmakers



'Tallaght Hospital Visual Art Programme', short-listed

'GAC Fundraising Exhibition', Galway Arts Centre, Galway.

Exhibition of A5 artwork 'Dimensions 4' Lucan Library, Co. Dublin                                   

Courtyard Printmakers Spring & Christmas Exhibitions', Airfield House, Co.Dublin   

Group show of artists from Airfield Print Studios



'Airfield Printmakers', Airfield House, Co. Dublin



'Italian Moods', solo print exhibition at Lucan Library, Newcastle Rd, Lucan, Co.Dublin



'Plate Work', National Print Museum, Dublin. Exhibition by participants in Print workshops


Galleries: Galerie Lisette, Enniskerry; Printmakers Gallery, Dublin


Email: anngilleece[at]