Ann Gadd has been an artist since she scrawled her first images in crayon across her bedroom wall. (An event her parents found to be less auspicious.) After winning the Best Acrylic Painting at the South African Association of Artists annual competition, she gained the confidence to make art her career.
In 2002, she held her first solo exhibition (AVA). During her 25-year career, Ann has exhibited in London, at the Joburg Art Fair, The Florence Biennale, Art at Five (Brighton, UK), the Glasgow and Edinburgh Art Fairs, and in Belfast, as well as locally. Her paintings appeared in the House of the Year program (UK). In the 2020 ALLWOMXNMATTER Exhibition, she was voted 3rd top female artist in the People’s Choice. Ann’s paintings hang in collections across the globe.
Her style has shifted from Conceptualism, and Fauvism, (early work) to Pop Art (Zulu Lulu and Palindromes and Popular Icons Series). Later, she created the Ruminantic art movement with her Sheep/Ewe Series. African Symbolism is a title she coined for the Give it Horns Series. Her Pray. Prey. Series. is street art influenced.
Born in 1958, Ann works in Cape Town, South Africa, and is married to artist Anthony Gadd.
We are the canvas and, as such, are both the creator and the creation.
— The 2nd Collector’s Guide to Art and Artists in South Africa.