Anthony Barrow, Greater Manchester Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement Anthony is a member of NAPA, the National Acrylic Painters Association and a Member of the Institute for Learning. He teaches for Wigan Council in the adult and community sector as well as delivering his own classes in the Wigan area and he also gives workshops and demonsrations to art groups and societies around South Manchester and North Lancashire.
Anthony is predominantly a figurative painter with a prolific output, which often overflows into the disciplines of landscape, still life and abstract painting. Chiefly commissioned based his vast experience and natural talent for capturing the underlying character of his sitters have led to numerous projects, he has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in private collections across Europe and the USA.
In late 2008 he was 1st prizewinner of the landscape/urban category at the SAA Artist of the Year Competition in Waterperry, Oxfordshire.In 2009 he was the 1st prizewinner of the figurative artists and also in 2010 he won the Still Life category of the Artist of the Year award of the SAA.
More recently he won second prize for the most outstanding artwork at the 2010 Stockport Open Art Exhbition and the Judges Choice Award at the Astley Biennial.
Influences include Gerhard Richter, Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl, the Impressionists and the Italian Renaissance artists as well as many other contemporary artists and his philosophy revolves around the following statement: -
“The context within which we experience an event will determine how that event is encoded and retained”
(Oxford Companion to the Mind- Richard L Gregory- 1987)
2011 NAPA 27th International Exhibition, Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead.
2011 Turnpike Gallery Open Exhibition, Turnpike Gallery Leigh.
2011 Astley Biennial Exhibition, Astley Hall, Chorley. (winner of the Judges Choice Award)
2011 Stockport Open Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire. (2nd Place prize winner most outstanding artwork)
2011 Little White Cube Opening Exhibition, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Wigan
2010 NAPA 26th International Exhibition, The CRYPT (former Mariners) Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall (Winner of the Daler Rowney Prize Best Painting Category)
2010 SAA Artist of the Year Competition, 1st prize Still Life Category, Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
2010 Revolve Gallery, Castle Street, Clithreroe.
2010 Leigh and Wigan Artists Open Exhibition, Turnpike Gallery, Leigh.
2009 People and Places, The Architect’s Gallery Ltd, The Powder Rooms 69-71 Broad Street Teddington TW11 8QZ
2009 NAPA 25th International Exhibition, View Two Gallery, Mathew Street, Liverpool.
N.A.P.A. National Acrylic Painters Association. Member of the Institute for Learning (MIFL)
2007 Certificate in Education, Wigan and Leigh College. 2005 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, Preston. 1989 Life Class Painting and Drawing, Leigh Technical College, Leigh. 1989 `A`Level Art, Wigan Technical College, Wigan.
Residencies and Events.
2009 Marks and Spencer’s commission an acrylic painting of the new front of store area inside the Grand Arcade celebrating their 127year anniversary. The painting will be auctioned of to raise money for Derian House.
2009 Friends of Mesnes Park Wigan commissioned to paint a view of the park including the pavilion for display in the renovated café.
2008 Tote Sport commissioned me to produce eight portraits of celebrities using horsehair taken from the 2006 Grand National winner Numbersixvalverde. The finished paintings where exhibited at Aintree over the three days of the Grand National event they will then be auctioned of to raise money for the Alder Hey Childrens Hospital Imagine Appeal.
2007 “Sensory Perceptions” Part of Wigan Words Week. An evening of poetry, prose and paintings by some of Lancashire`s most promising writers and artists. 1650 Coffee House, Wallgate, Wigan. Wed 18th