Anthony Springford is a Sydney-based artist with a broad practice that includes painting, drawing, printmaking, writing, curating and teaching.
Anthony’s life and practice is shaped by his fascination with the history of visual culture, and of intimate, domestic and bodily life. He is drawn to the texture and viscosity of old images or déclassé luxuries from the recycling bin of taste, and his paintings are a bit like an uncool form of ‘remix culture’; sampling and rehashing techniques, ideas and styles that culture-at-large has chosen to forget.
His work is intended to be gently funny, but should reward long attention because he engages us in subtle games with the rhetoric of Realist and Baroque painting, Modernism and the grotesque.
Alongside painting, Anthony has a PhD in Art History focusing on Baroque still life, aesthetics and social history. He has lectured art history and design theory at the University of New South Wales (CoFA, now UNSW Art & Design) since 2001, and has worked for Sydney Living Museums producing and delivering public programs on social history and design since 2009. He is now also the Creative Director of Black Parrot Art & Framing.
1993: Bachelor of Fine Arts. College of Fine Arts, UNSW
1994: Bachelor of Art Theory. College of Fine Arts, UNSW
2004: PhD in Art History, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Dual and Solo Exhibitions
Black Parrot, 2014.
Artsite Gallery, 2013. Then All Collapsed (with Anthony Buselli)
Peter Pinson Gallery, 2011. Still Life: The Continuing Tradition (with Lindsay Churchland)
Taylor Galleries, 2009. Rainbow of Chaos
Taylor Galleries, 2008. Two Artists (with Randal Sinnamon)
Taylor Galleries, 2005. Tender Dissections
Taylor Galleries, 2003. The Life of Things
Artsite, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2014; Kogarah City Council, 2011; Taylor Galleries, 2010, 2009, 2006, 2006, 2004, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2002 ; Delmar Gallery, 2001, 2001, 2000, 2000, 1999, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1996, 1993; St Andrew’s Cathedral School, 2005; Brett Whiteley Studios, 2005, 2001; Bishop Druitt College, 2001, 2000; First Draft, 1999; CoFA, 1996; CoFA Student Gallery, 1995
College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
Trinity Grammar School, Summer Hill