"Anna-Marie Cobbold was my art teacher in high school. She was a talented and passionate young artist who encouraged students to reach as far as they could towards their creative abilities. On a very sad day in 2000, when I was in grade 11, she passed away. Not a day goes by that I do not think of her. She battled through life as an artist with such passion and emotion - and I often identify with her."
This was written to the Trust by Bethany Pearce on 8th March 2010.
The Trust reproduces below a press release issued by the Mercer Union for an exhibition held in June / July, 1987.
"Anna-Marie Cobbold's recent works are a compilation of charcoal, oil pastel and acrylic and oil paint on linen and cardboard. They are a summation of ideas and images associated with her immediate surroundings in urban Toronto, and a recent trip to Australia. Cobbold's images arise from a confrontation with real-life experience, translated through the contrast of urban and natural environs."
"This work is the result of both the housebound effects of bringing up a child through infancy and the struggle for continuity of thought in recording an image of an experience, either by photographic means or by familiarity. I am dealing with a reverse form of voyeurism - that of being on the inside of my own home looking out at quotidian experiences. These experiences shift in meaning by their juxtaposition with the less familiar, or what I imagine is manifest in the most commonplace occurrence." Anna-Marie Cobbold.
Since graduating in 1980 with an MFA from Concordia University, Anna-Marie Cobbold has participated in group exhibitions at The Art Gallery at Harbourfront (1981), Galerie Alliance in Montreal (1982) and the Art Gallery of Hamilton (1983), and has had also exhibitions at Mercer's Union in 1980 and at Kozak Art Gallery in Toronto in 1987.
Anna-Marie was previously married to Christopher Butterfield.
Anthony Cobbold March 2010