Anne Neil was brought up in Queensland, but arrived in Western Australia in 1980 after some years of fun and adventure in London.
In 1985,She gained a BA with Distinction in Art and Design at Curtin University of Technology, with a double major in Jewellery and Ceramics. In 1992, she decided to scale –up her art practice and went to Canberra to do a Post Graduate Diploma in sculpture at the Australian National University.
Anne’s early training and arts practice in jewellery continues to inform her sculpture. Metals remain her passion and although the scale of her current work can only be accomplished through industrial fabrication, the counter-balance of subtle surface treatments illustrate her joy of handcrafted techniques.
A small commission for a cast concrete wall with Steve Tepper in 2001, led both artists to experiment with artwork that could be completely integrated into the built form. In 2005, Anne began an association with Main Roads Western Australia through which she has precision cast artworks into bridges on major highways in Perth and the south west of Western Australia.
Anne is represented in collections in Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Switzerland.
In 2012 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by ArtSource in Western Australia in recognition of the breadth and scale of her art practice and her generosity in mentoring other artists.