Anna Hymas

The Painted Chair – hand painted, hand stitched armchair.


The Painted Ladies – a new series of oil painting inspired by pattern, tattoos and the body.



Bird Rug design for bespoke handmade rug company Loomah


Book cover ink illustration for Christina Hopkinson’s ‘The Weekend Wives’ published by Hodder & Stoughton 2016


At work in my studio painting starting a new series of decorated, painted ladies


I have taken a stand at this years Brighton Art Fair and have plenty of 2-4-1 tickets if you would like to come. I am on Stand 9 – hope to see you there!



An inspiring true story I had the honour to illustrate, ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind‘ by William Kamkwamba.

East London Design Show – I will be there exhibiting paintings, cards, the painted chair & cushions. 4-7Dec

The OldTruman Brewery
Hanbury Street Entrance
Off Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

The Painted Chair – hand painted, hand stitched armchair.



Some photos from the Funny Faces Workshop with kids at St.George’s Hospital – October 2014


On Canvas – a joint exhibition with Emily Kirby at The Gallery, Edwards Lane, Stoke Newington, N16 0JS, London

ExhibitionHampstead Affordable Art Fair June 2014

Open Studios, Stroud
I will be exhibiting at the Stroud Open Studios on the weekends 10-11 and 17-18 of May during the SITE festival. I will be showing work along with Sophia Hughes and Annie Williams, watercolour artist. Here are some recent drawings of vases, pots and jugs. Please come along if you are in the area, I will be selling smaller paintings, cards and original drawings.



March 2014 – Here are some photos of a mural I painted for the Soho Create office on Brewer Street, London and the fabric wrist band created for the event.


One from a series of counselling illustrations for the Terrence Higgins Trust


A sunny day in February. Photos taken by my photographer friend KOS (kosintime) of a day at work painting in my studio.


Illustration to mark the start of London fashion week.


New Painted Tapestry Vases wall hanging I have been working on. Inspired by the ceramics and tapestry gallery’s at the V&A museum.


Last night I decided to brighten up our sitting room… Hand painted wallpaper – please contact me if you’d like one for your home.


‘Lighty Faust the Lion’ book reading at the Stoke Newington bookshop


Books and cards


Illustrations for Mothercare campaign


Illustration for the Guardian


After a trip to the V&A I was inspired by vases – the beautiful Chinese vases and here are a couple of newly finished paintings. December 2013

Blue & White Chinese Ming Vases -84×104 cms oil on canvas

Chinese Ming Vases (in colourful Anna style) – 84×104 cms oil on canvas

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012 – If Chairs Could Talk


I have just finished this portrait of my friend Anita & her lovely puppy Cosmo. If you would like to commission a portrait please get in touch.

Open Studio

During the first weekend of October 2013 I opened my studio space in Dalston, Hackney along with the four other artists that I share the space with. If you have missed this and would like to come and have a look please let me know.


The National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award Family Guide
Summer 2013

Each year the National Portrait Gallery invites a book illustrator to design a guide for families to the BP Portrait Award. I have always loved the exhibition, and was delighted to be involved this year.

National Portrait Gallery's BP Portrait Award Family Guide


Inside the guide

As well as being a painter, I also write and illustrate children’s books. The first book, Lighty Faust the Lion, is about a boy and his imaginary friend and how they magically skip through life. The second book, Wanda and Dragonfly, is about a little girl who refuses to go to bed and ends up on a nighttime adventure. Both books were inspired by my two young children.

The start of the project was very exciting – visiting a vast warehouse in South London to see which paintings had been chosen for the show. It was a chance to have a good look and to start to think about which ones might appeal to children. We then explored themes that would work for the guide, for example finding animals in the paintings, looking for patterns and asking the children to imagine the conversation that the two old ladies were having in the hairdressers!

I also started to think about the characters I would create for the guide. We settled on cool aunt Jude, who is taking her niece and nephew Olive and Kit to the gallery.

I sketched the characters in different clothes, positions and expressions and worked with the Designer to layout the guide in a way that would be fun for kids exploring the exhibition. I drew the images by hand and then scanned them into the computer to add colour and tweak the facial expressions.

We also created merchandise for the show including a bird badge, magnetic bookmark and fridge magnet.


The opening night was a real highlight – to see the characters life size on the gallery wall, the exhibition hung and the products in the gallery shop. Now it’s back to the drawing board as I’m sketching out and creating the characters for new books, here’s a little peek…



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For commercial illustration enquiries please contact New Division –

I also do scenic painting, I love to work on a large scale! Here are some floor cloths for a theatre company

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Workshops, WorldBook Day and Art Days in schools & galleries including the National Portrait Gallery

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