Anthony Collicho, Painter, Sculptor, Society of Bluffton Artists Exhibiting Member, SOBA Gallery
Anthony was influenced by his high school Art teacher Mr. Deward Eades who was very talented in all aspects of art. On a sabbatical to Spain, Mr. Eades studied the art of Dali and Picasso. His paintings and carvings reflected the Surrealism of Dali and the Cubist paintings of Picasso which he passed on to his students. These two artists’ movements have helped shape Anthony’s style to this day. He adds parts of dreams and daydreams to his compositions to give them a touch of surrealism and a little Cubism. He sketches most of the compositions before moving to canvas.
“I normally start with ideas that come from dreams or from deep thoughts about things I have seen. I compose a drawing of these to work on movement, shading, and shape. I then grid out drawing and transfer to canvas. The colors I pick from the test splotches I mix and put on a spare canvas. I like bright colors as long as they work. I like to break up the background and foreground into pleasing shapes of color. This painting is called Dream scape. It has a movement that draws your eye from bottom to top. It is a piece that makes you wonder what is going on in this scene. An intertwining of two forms being born from mother earth.”
A 20th-century avant-garde movement in art and literature which sought to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, for example by the irrational juxtaposition of images. Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Max Ernst were surrealist artists.
A cubist is an artist who transforms natural shapes into exaggerated geometric ones. Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, and Marchel Duchamp were all cubist artists.
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