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Artist & Film maker


Artist & Film maker


    Anita Clipston is a British/Canadian artist based in NYC, having earned her B.A (Hons) from Norwich School of Art and Design in the UK in Classical Animation. She then went on to work as a propmaker and set builder for Aardman Animations, as a theatre costumier and as a VFX artist for companies such as Industrial Light and Magic, Disney, & Blue Sky Studios on projects such as the Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, the Harry Potter franchise, Pacific Rim and Jurassic World.

    On returning to her traditional art roots she studied the Florence method of drawing in Canada, where she also worked as a teacher and studio assistant. After the sudden loss of her Mother she channelled her energy into her own artwork and went on to complete her MFA at the New York Academy of Art. She now is full time faculty at FIT for their Illustration and Interactive Media Dept, teaches Drawing for the School of Visual Arts for their BFA in Illustration and is a teaching assistant at the Art Students League in New York.

    There have always been threads, whether conscious or subconscious, that have woven through the fabric of my life. For me these threads have been Cocoons of Love and Cages of Trauma. Weaving together these threads and traversing the idea that our psyche is in part created by trauma and in part by the triumphs of our creations.

    In my latest body of work, I use my knowledge and love of film to create tableaus and moments from my life, with multiple layered allegories that represent the theme.  I use both 3D computer generated and also traditional models to visualize my ideas for final compositions and lighting, to create a narrative and reveal my personal story.

    The rooms in my paintings are imagined spaces that hold within them the traumas I tried to escape and yet became part of, told within the metanarrative of time. The woodcuts/drawings in opposition are the moments of raw and unreserved emotion.

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