Anthony White at Metro Gallery, 2016

Anthony White

Australia 1976


Anthony White
Anthony White
July 29, 2016

Through the multiple disciplines of drawing, painting, and collage, Anthony White connects urban landscapes with his Australian heritage, focusing on the surface, importance of physical engagement, and the found object. Exploring the various methods and techniques, he has found the basis of his visual language in works through research of abstract action painters of the 1950’s New York School and postwar Japanese movement Gutai, but there are also visible the influences of Mondrian’s De Stijl, combines of Robert Rauschenberg and Kurt Schwitters Merzbau projects. After spending two years between New York and Paris on Travelling Scholarships, White finally settled in the European capital of arts, establishing his permanent studio there.

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Anthony White – Exhibition As The Sleeper Wakes, Metro Gallery, Installation view, 2016

Focusing on Physicality of Materials

White was born in Sydney where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the National Art School, continuing his education at the New York Studio School Marathon Program in New York City. He completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Centre in 2008 and finished two Artist in Residences at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, in 2009 and 2010. Utilising various painterly techniques, the artist’s expression relies on the Italian Pentimenti method of upgraded layers with allowance of visibility of other paint beneath, on decollage, which is opposite of collage and involves cutting and tearing away materials, instead of adding, and dechirage, a kind of partial decollage made by using a paper for a creation of three-dimensional effect on the surface of the work. His gestural abstract painting is about surface and physicality that depend on each other. It could be interpreted on multiple levels, from formal and visceral to the contemplative, reflecting the deep meaning and dramatic impression of the interplay of light and space with the painted surface. It is interesting to see how painter of his age deals with complex demands of modern and avant-garde styles. White succeeds in bringing together the body of work emphasized with his passion for color, form and movement and adapting them to his distinctive way of expression.

Anthony White utilises present-time image making techniques drawing from Modernist movements

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Anthony White – Exhibition As The Sleeper Wakes, Metro Gallery, Installation view, 2016

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

An initial research residency at La Cite Internationale Des Art in Paris introduced the artist with different modernist cultural movements and encouraged him to experiment utilising urban landscape from an Australian perspective. White’s work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide and included in several, both public and private collections. Recent gallery solo exhibitions have included As The Sleeper Wakes (2016) and Pentimento at Metro gallery (2015) a survey exhibition at Le Pave D’Orsay (2014), exhibition Informal Relations at The Cat St Gallery, Hong Kong (2013) and two solo shows with Sydney gallerist Iain Dawson: Paris Paintings (2010), and Scratching the Surface (2011). He has also been curated into group exhibitions focusing on Australian Contemporary Painting in Sydney, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Brisbane. As the recipient of awards of Landscape painting in 2005 and 2007 and the Leipzig International Art Program Scholarship in 2010, his talent was recognized by famous costume designer Catherine Martin who commissioned his work on two separate occasions.

The artist is represented by Ideel Art Gallery.

Anthony White lives and works in Paris.

Featured image: Anthony White at Metro Gallery, 2016
All images courtesy of Ideel Art Gallery

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016 Art Central Art Fair Hong Kong with Metro GallerySolo
2015Pentimento Metro Gallery, MelbourneSolo
2015 Le Salon des Réalités Nouvelles Parc Floral de Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
2015The Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, London (Final Round Finalist)Group
2014Anthony White: a survey of his work from 2008-2014 Pave D’Orsay, Paris, FranceSolo
2013Informal Relations The Cat Street Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2012Storm-Signal 8The Cat St Gallery, Hong KongGroup
20126x6 Project Rochester Contemporary Art Centre, Rochester,New YorkGroup
2012Heat Tim Olsen Gallery Sydney AustraliaGroup
2011Scratching The Surface Iain Dawson Gallery, SydneySolo
2011 FONAS An Artist at My Table Cellblock Gallery NAS Sydney AustraliaGroup
2011Summer Show with COMODAA London UK Group
2011Signal 8 The Cat St Gallery Hong KongGroup
2011The Affordable Art Fair London with COMODAA galleryGroup
2011UnknownIain Dawson Gallery, Sydney AustraliaGroup
2010 Paris Paintings Iain Dawson Gallery, SydneySolo
2010 5x5 - Contemporary Modern Australian Art The Menier Gallery, LondonGroup
20105 BY 5, COMODAA The Menier Gallery, London UKGroup
2010The Winter Exhibition Rundgang LIA LeipzigGroup
2010White Christmas Edwina Corlette Gallery, BrisbaneGroup
2009Atelier-Works from the Cité Internationale Des Arts FONAS and Charles Hewitt Gallery, SydneyGroup
2008 Figure and GroundRushcutters Bay Gallery, SydneySolo
2008Art Melbourne 08 Rushcutters Bay Gallery Royal Exhibition Building, MelbourneGroup
2008Art Sydney 08 Rushcutters Bay Gallery Royal Hall of Industries, SydneyGroup
2007Diverse Places Marlene Antico Fine Arts, Sydney Solo
2007Art Sydney 07 Rushcutters Bay Gallery, Royal Hall of Industries, SydneyGroup
2007The New York Studio School Summer Exhibition New YorkGroup
2006The Churchie Emerging National Emerging Artist Exhibition, BrisbaneGroup
2006The Willoughby Art Prize Finalists Exhibition SydneyGroup
2006 The Blake Prize Exceptions Exhibition Chase Gallery, AnnandaleGroup
2006The Norvill Art Prize for Landscape Painting Murrurundi, NSWGroup
2006The Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship Finalists Exhibition SydneyGroup
2005Four Young Australian Artists Mary Place Gallery, Sydney Group
2005Hills Grammar Art Prize (Finalist) SydneyGroup
2005Art On The Rocks Finalists Exhibition The Rocks SydneyGroup
2005Propeller Art and Design Award SydneyGroup
2005FONAS Infusion Exhibition National Art School SydneyGroup
2005FONAS ASX Reuters Exhibition National Art School, SydneyGroup
2005The John Olsen Drawing Exhibition National Art School, SydneyGroup
2005The Degree Show 05 National Art School, SydneyGroup
2005The Paddington Art Prize Exhibition SydneyGroup
2004FONAS ASX Reuters Exhibition National Art School, SydneyGroup