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 also 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 teaches Art History and Design Theory at the University of New South Wales, and works for Sydney Living Museums producing and delivering public programs on social history and design.
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
Anthony Buselli has been painting and exhibiting regularly for close to 20 years, showing in galleries such as Brian Moore, Artsite and Stella Downer. He has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize and the Salon de Refusee, and won the Willoughby Art Prize, the Jenny Birt Award, the Chroma Australia Painting Prize and the Alfred Altschuler Memorial Prize.
Drawing on the legacy of artists like Chuck Close and Gerhard Richter, Anthony uses photographs as a starting point. He typically takes his own photos but will also source from magazines or pop-culture, and some of his choices are very funny.
In his words: “I copy black and white photographs... The process of translation highlights the impossibility of the 'perfect' copy, which in turn foregrounds the medium… something is lost and something is gained through this transformation from photography to painting.”
He introduces complex spatial shifts into seemingly familiar subject matter, to make work that is conceptually complex but also paradoxically reminiscent of abstract expressionism. Because there is no obvious centre to the composition, our eye can get lost in the exploration of these ambiguous planes and folds, the dark caverns and sudden leaps to the horizon
2004: Masters of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, UNSW.
1998: Bachelor of Fine Arts with first class honours, College of Fine Arts, UNSW
Exhibitions – Solo
Artsite Gallery, 2013, Then All Collapsed
Brian Moore Gallery, Paddington, 2004, New Works .
Brian Moore Gallery, Paddington, 2003, Wood Constructions
Brian Moore Gallery, Paddington, 2002, Recent Work
Southern Highlands Regional Gallery, Moss Vale, 1999, Double Image
First Draft Gallery,1999, Menagerie
Exhibitions – Group
Clifton School of Art, 2014: Artsite Gallery, 2014, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2012: Mosman Gallery, 2009, 2008, 2007: Willoughby Council, 2007: Ivan Dougherty, 2004: Stella Downer, 2002: Wombarra Sculpture Garden, 2001: AGNSW, 1999: SH Irvin 1999: CoFA Student Gallery, 1998, 1997: CoFA, 1997.
Willoughby Art Prize, Highly Commended, 2D Painting and Mixed Media, 2007.
Willoughby City Art Prize for three dimensional work, 1998.
Jenny Birt Award for painting, 1998.
Chroma Australia Painting Prize, 1997.
The Alfred Altschuler Memorial Prize for painting, 1996.
Black Parrot Editions is in negotiation with more contemporary Australian artists. We will be launching new collections with them over the coming year.