Annabel Playfair
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Annabel Playfair
Born in 1965 in London, Annabel studied at the City and Guilds, Chelsea and L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. She exhibited in a number of shows both in London and Edinburgh before bringing up her four children (including triplets!). She has been living in the Cotswolds for the past 30 years, where the countryside has continued to fuel her inspiration for her work.

Annabel is now excited to be back painting full time either in her studio or en plein air. As a student she was inspired by the Post Impressionists, particularly Matisse, Cezanne and Van Gogh and this early passion allowed Annabel to continue to develop her own unique figurative and energetic style. She loves to paint both still life and landscapes, with the Cotswolds, Cornish Coast, Provence and Tuscany being amongst her favourite locations.

“I love the shapes, patterns and, above all, colour found in nature. I am always seeing a new potential painting both inside and out, whether it’s the complexity of a seemingly simple vase of flowers and the shadows created by artificial light or the challenges of a landscape with its vibrant colours, form and shadows. I see a new painting everywhere!”

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Selected Works


Annabel Playfair, Interior with Girl at the Dressing Table
Interior with Girl at the Dressing Table
Annabel Playfair, Summer Border
Summer Border
Annabel Playfair, Looking Through the French Windows
Looking Through the French Windows
Annabel Playfair, Reading her Book
Reading her Book
Annabel Playfair, Alpine Scene
Alpine Scene
Annabel Playfair, Under the Trees
Under the Trees