My early training as a dancer/choreographer in the Laban method has been a key influence on my work. The relationship between forms – their rhythm, colour and texture – is physically felt. Each work is a journey of exploration and discovery from the first mark through to its completion.

I worked for many years as a textile designer, allowing me to explore a wide variety of techniques and different media. Since 1998, my focus has been entirely on drawing, printmaking and painting. The interplay between line, form and colour, and how the relationship is changed by the medium used, continues to fascinate me.

Born (Manja Crnković) Zagreb, Croatia 1945. Lived in Croatia 1945-1956, Ethiopia 1956-1958, Croatia 1958-1966, Zambia 1966-1981, Kenya 1981-1982, England since 1982 (Oxford since 1987).

Selected Shows

  • National Print Exhibition (Mall Galleries, London; joint winner – Julian Trevelyan Award, 2000)
  • Oxford Artweeks (most years since 1998)
  • Affordable Art Fair (4 Impressions, Four Square Fine Arts, Mainhill Gallery)
  • Art on Paper Fair, Royal College of Art (4 Impressions)
  • Strand Gallery (Aldeburgh)
  • Broughton House Gallery (Cambridge)
  • Rostra Gallery (Bath)
  • Battersea Contemporary Art Fair (London)
  • Merriscourt Gallery (Sarsden, Chipping Norton)
  • Pierrepont Fine Art (Oxford)
  • Christ Church Picture Gallery (Oxford)
  • Wolfson College (Oxford)
  • Green College (Oxford)
  • Royal Academy, Summer Exhibition (London)
  • New Ashgate Gallery (Farnham)
  • SW1 Gallery (London)
  • Museum of Modern Art (Oxford)
  • North Wall Gallery (Oxford)
  • Art & Architecture Gallery (London)
  • Sewell Centre Gallery, Radley College (Oxfordshire)
  • Arundel Contemporary (Sussex)