Mary-Anne Wright Van Ross
Mary-Anne Wright (Van Ross) was born in Portsmouth, England and spent her early years there, as well as in Dundee, Scotland. Her high school years were almost entirely spent in Malta GC.
After completing an Honours Degree in Fine Art in Bristol, she then went on to teach in London, in schools and Adult Education. She moved with her husband and eldest son, to Australia in1982 and for many years taught and conducted specialist workshops in oils, pastels and acrylics. She was a council member of the Royal Queensland Arts Society as well as a portrait tutor for the Society for several years. She has participated in many exhibitions and held one person shows as well as being a regular prize winner. Moving to Victoria from Queensland in 2003, as well as opening her own Gallery in Port Melbourne. Mary-Anne continued running art classes and still gets a ‘buzz’ from watching the artistic developments of new, and not so new artists.
A period of 4 years was spent in the Middle East, two in the UAE and two in Bahrain. She held an outstanding solo exhibition in Bahrain in 2012 gaining wide acclaim for her paintings. Her works are collected and hung in many Board rooms, offices, and homes in many countries including UK, Australia, India, USA, NZ, Bahrain, Ireland, Japan and Canadar. Mary-Anne now splits her time between her studio in Aveyron in Southern France and her studio near Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. In 2018 she participated in her first showing in France contributing to a mixed exhibition held in St Victor in the Aveyron. She held a major solo exhibition in 2019 in Terres des Cambon, Pic St Loup, near Montpelier, France. Due to the Covid restrictions it is envisaged that her next exhibition will be held in 2021, venue and dates to be decided.
Opening of Gallery 123 Port Melbourne, Australia 2007.
Launch of Gallery 123 Port Melbourne Australia. Gallery 2007-2009
Meeting local Bahrainis in preparation for Coffee Shop painting.