Ann Griffin Bernstorff



The painter Ann Griffin Bernstorff was born and educated in Limerick in the west of Ireland. From an artistic and farming family, she won the Taylor Art Scholarship twice and studied with Yves Brayer at the Grande Chaumière in Paris and at the École des Beaux Arts. In 1966, she married the Danish Count Gunnar Bernstorff and had three children. She has since exhibited at the famous Portal Gallery Bond St., Grafton St. London, Portals Gallery in Chicago and the Pepper Canister Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. Surrounded by animals as a child and strongly influenced by the Italian primitives and the Limbourg brothers, her paintings, always oil on canvas, seen in a landscape among their dogs, horses, ponies, cattle or sheep. Her style, both original or imaginative is relatively unique and stands refreshingly clear of the mainstream modernism of the art world today. Her involvement in producing the large cartoons for the astonishing Ros Tapestry, a mammoth voluntary work depicting the Norman adventure in Ireland has caused a considerable interest.