Briony Anderson (b. Aberdeen) is an artist based in London whose practice explores the Western visual tradition of landscape representation, enquiring into the evolving relations between actual, depicted, imagined, and idealised landscape. The works take pre-existing imagery, often historical paintings, as their starting point from which figures, or traces of human presence are erased. In borrowing images as sources, the traditions and tropes of landscape painting are the subject, rather than the observed natural world. The work conveys landscape second-hand – almost as memory and as archetype – reinforcing artificiality, and highlighting conventions of viewing.
Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art / The University of Edinburgh with an MA (Hons) Fine Art in 2005, her work has been the subject of several solo and group exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include shows at Aberdeen Art Gallery, AirSpace, Royal Society of Edinburgh/Edinburgh Art Festival, EB&Flow Gallery, London, Fleming Collection, London, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, VOLTA8, Basel, Berloni Gallery, London, The University of Aberdeen and Acme Project Space, London. She has participated in residencies at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre and Dublin Fire Station. In 2010 she was awarded Acme Studio's five-year Work/Live Fire Station Residency and in 2015 she was Artist-in-Residence at Berloni Gallery, London. She has works in public collections including the Government Art Collection, The University of Edinburgh and The University of Aberdeen.[www.brionyanderson.com]