visual artist



Anne Garvey is a visual artist based in Oakland, California, and a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Early on, she began to explore ways to represent the inner, psychological realm of human beings through figurative paintings. Her current work includes imagery of tangled objects such as yarn or trucking straps as a metaphor for life’s struggles and anxiety. Using a combination of charcoal and oils on wood and paper, Garvey creates layers of seemingly complicated themes into simplified visions of the mental states of modern-day existence.


Artist Statement

My artwork strives to represent both the inner and outer realities of human existence. I am particularly interested in mental states such as anxiety, hope, anticipation, and despair- and the methods we employ to either alter or prolong these states. The cords, dolls, branches, and other images are not only metaphors for thought processes, but serve as problems in themselves to be solved, by myself as well as the viewer. In doing so, we are reminded of the almost constant battles we face within ourselves, while recognizing the shared commonality of those challenges.




MA, Teaching, St. Mary’s College of California

Single Subject Teaching Credential, Visual Art, Saint Mary’s College of California 

BFA, Painting, San Francisco Art Institute


Selected Exhibitions/Publications:


The Proximity Project (upcoming November), Los Angeles

GIFC Worldwide, 1st Amendment Gallery, San Francisco and Pt. 2 Gallery, Oakland

Made in California, Brea Art Gallery, Brea, California

Art in Neighborhoods (Art Span), Ritual Coffee, San Francisco


  13th Annual Juried Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Sacramento

Art in Neighborhoods (ArtSpan), Mission Bowling Club, San Francisco


      Hesitation (featured with Splinters by Brigid Hughes), Memoir Magazine

         Group Show, Ale Industries, Oakland

HeArt is Oakland, Classic Cars West, Oakland

Art of the Toy, Arts Benicia, Benicia

Faultline Anniversary Show, Faultline Artspace, Oakland


Order and Chaos, Arts Benicia, Benicia

2nd Annual Competition and Exhibition, L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles

Chaos, Arc Gallery, San Francisco


Group Show, Art Education Center, San Leandro

 Tell Tale, Hive Gallery, Oakland

 Faculty Show, Art Education Center, San Leandro

 Anne Garvey: Recent Work, Piedmont Artwalk, Oakland


It’s Better Than a Lump of Coal, The Compound Gallery, Oakland

Holidayland, Professor Squirrel, Oakland

Invisible City Audio Tours: “Heliography”,

Keys That Fit, Oakland

Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Oakland


Holidayland, The Compound Gallery, Oakland

Embracing Spirit, Mocha Art Gallery, Oakland


Compounded, The Compound Gallery, Oakland

Under 100, Root Division, San Francisco


Spring Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Complacency, Balazo 18, San Francisco

Group Show: Ilhyung Cho, Eric Reyes, and Anne Garvey, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco


SFAI Now, Red Ink Studios, San Francisco



2019 North Street Collective, Willits, CA (upcoming)

2006-2010       Museum of Children's Art, Oakland

2006-2008      San Francisco Arts Education Project, San Francisco

2006                 Hoi An Orphanage and Recreation Center, Hoi An, Vietnam

2006                 Saint Vincent de Paul Women and Children's Center, West Oakland