Artist and designer Anthony Greentree first caught our attention through the social media site Pinterest where he displayed his daily sketches, we loved these snippets into his artistic sensibility. However busy Anthony was he made it his objective to produce a sketch everyday one of which you can see below. What we loved about Anthony was his quest for discovering meaning and sense in the everyday grounded world. Thank you Anthony in taking part in The Palette Pages questions, we’re very much looking forward to your exhibition “The Eternal Now” later in the year.
Self taught or art school?
I studied Art & Design at College in Nottingham and then went on to do Illustration / Graphic Design at University in Leicester. I also studied Art history at the OU.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
There are so many I would like, but a couple that stick out for me would have to be ‘Soldier and a Laughing Girl’ or ‘The Little Street’ by Johannes Vermeer
How would you describe your style?
I would say that my work if labelled, it veers more towards an impressionistic style of application. I like to capture more of an essence rather than detail. I like to grasp a feel of a subject or moment and somehow try to capture the raw energy.
What are your favourite places to view art?
I don’t have a preference. I would say that every gallery I have been to, there has been something that inspires me or I enjoy. Or in Rothko’s case at the Tate, which gave me a bit of a ‘happening’ moment, but that’s another story!
Who are your favourite artists and why?
For artists that inspire me, I have a range. Mainly the old Masters such as Vermeer, Velázquez, Rembrandt, Hals etc. Then the French Impressionists and thereafter such as Sargent, Gogh and Whistler etc. But I am also huge fan of the Skagen Painters, in particular Peder Severin Krøyer. I love the work of Hockney and land artist Richard Long. All of the above give me a sense of continual inspiration, they all have a strong sense of presence and visual power. I am fascinated with the use of light and dark and how it is applied in the way the Old Masters came to use it. In fact they remind me a little of the band ‘The Beatles’, because almost every other band after them claimed to have been influenced by them in someway ha ha!
What or who inspires your art?
Apart from famous artists I look back on, music and life in general, in fact everything does. It depends on how you look at it. For example, when you go for a walk, a lot of people tend not to look at their own surroundings as they are too consumed with their own thoughts. But as soon as you look up and ‘see’ then the inspiration comes flooding in. Lately I have also become involved with other Artists on Twitter. We organise monthly themes which is very inspirational indeed. It is a great thing that we can share and give feedback on each others work. It is very motivational!
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
I have recently made some studio space in our garage so I can concentrate more on my painting. Though really when I am not in the studio, I am out and about sketching and painting. The outside world becomes the studio ha ha!
Do you have any studio rituals?
Not that I know of as yet, though I’m teaching myself how to meditate at the moment, so maybe this could be the studio ritual!
What are you working on currently?
I am working on several things. The main one at the moment is 20 paintings I have set myself on a theme called ‘The Eternal Now’, based off my huge and recent life changing inspiration from a philosopher called Alan Watts. I am aiming at exhibiting these in October 2014.
Then there is ‘The Daily Sketch’ I try to create a piece of artwork everyday for a year and again I will somehow exhibit this too at some point.
Where can we buy your art?
I am still sorting that out at the moment as there are so many places you can put your work online nowadays. At the moment, RedBubble, Saatchi Online and Society 6 are the places I’ve been selling my work, though I am always available for commissions etc, and contactable via my website and Twitter.
What are your ambitions?
My ambition is a continual one. To constantly develop my painting and drawing, but I would also like to exhibit my work a lot more than I have done in the past.