Jeremy Annear is a British Abstract Artist, born in Exeter in the UK in1949. He has been Represented by Messums London since 1996 for the past twenty years.

His family holidays were spent in Cornwall where he met and was influenced by artists and the vibrant and influential modernist arts community of the West Penwith in the 1950/60’s. From an early age he determined to be an artist. In the mid sixties he went to Exeter College of Art and it was at this time that he exhibited his first abstract paintings. Whilst raising a young family he taught art and pursued other ways to earn an income, but during this time he made his own work. In the mid 1980’s his work began to flourish and early signs of an assured ‘language ‘ of painting began to form, he also moved to Cornwall to paint full time.

Since these early days Jeremy has exhibited widely and regularly in solo and mixed shows in the Uk and abroad. During this time and for a decade or so, Jeremy was fully engaged in the cooperative community life of artists. He was an active committee member of the historic Newlyn and Penwith Society of Artists (1989-93) and sat on the Management Committee of the Newlyn Orion Gallery.

He formed the Cobalt Group (1994) with other contemporary artists Ralph Freeman, Roy Walker, Carole McDowel, Russ Hedges and occasional invited artist,to work cooperatively and experimentally. He was also a member of Group10 (1999) which was started by the legendary Bob Devereux of the Salt House Gallery St Ives.

The viewer engaging with Annear’s work realizes at once that here is an artist who is not merely holding up a mirror to the world, but offering a very individual interpretation of it. Annear’s is a language of signs, signs which refer to things which exist in the world, not least as embodied meanings. Thus, to put it as its simplest, a straight or meandering painted line suggests a pathway, while a closed oval or circle suggests an egg...This is how the artist maintains our interest in his work; he doesn’t give up all his secrets in one hit, but requires that you return for repeated encounters. This is art you cannot surf or skim, but which gets better on prolonged viewing. like all art of any real or lasting value, it is not instant.

— Andrew Lambirth 'Encounters with beauty' February 2013 ISBN 978-1-908486-37-0 Publication No:CCCXLV


Jeremy Annear has always enjoyed working closely with musicians and writers and has also made his own sound installations.

For several years he headed up, (2006-10) with composer Jim Aitchison, an interdisciplinary and experimental series of workshops with artists film makers and musicians to explore the links that existed or might be developed between these disciplines particularly in the area of conceptual site specific installation and performance.

Jeremy works closely with"International Musicians Seminars" continuing to be deeply committed to helping raise money for this organisation through various Charity events.(2014 and 2017)


Jeremy Annear's work is now collected worldwide showing in many public and private collections.  He has been extensively reviewed and written about by leading art critics and historians including Norbert Lynton, John Russel Taylor and Andrew Lambirth