Annette Isbey studied at the Elam School of Fine Art; and held her first solo exhibition in 1959 at the Architectural Centre in Wellington. She is best known for her figurative paintings, works that are often stylized and heavily influenced by ancient Egyptian and Grecian imagery. Many of Isbey’s earlier paintings have a monumental presence – occupying a large scale and utilizing a thickly painted surface to emulate earth or weathered stone. She has successfully exhibited consistently over the past fifty years, cementing herself as one of New Zealand’s foremost artists.
Now in her late 80s, Isbey continues to paint from her studio in Westmere.