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Andrew Antoniou - Painter of Dreams
In the preamble to an interview with Andrew titled “Making Mystery” , J. F Martel writes
Andrew Antoniou’s haunting, oneiric works grace collections at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian National Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to name a few. A figurative and symbolist artist, born in England but living in Australia, Antoniou has made his mark on the contemporary art world despite a stubborn resistance to the didacticism and conceptualism that have dominated it now for decades. Reminiscent of the work of William Blake, Max Beckmann, and Hieronymus Bosch—to say nothing of the latter’s medieval predecessors, Antoniou’s images find their singularity in the exploration of the imaginal encounter, the sacred drama. Each was wrested from an engagement with those interior forces which only art—art conceived as a spiritual ordeal—can coax onto the stage of consciousness.
Antoniou’s exhibition Theatre of Dreams runs from April 27 to May 16 at Australian Galleries in Sydney. He spoke to me from his studio.
Andrew is a thoughtful and erudite man with a significant artistic output and reputation to match. He is friendly, engaging, funny and generous with students and lovers of art.
Reviews and interviews
J. F Martel, Making Mystery: An Interview with Andrew Antoniou
Sasha Grishin, “Andrew Antoniou is a Unique Voice within Australian Art”
Interview with Richard Morecrft, “ Theatre of Dreams”
Art Class Description
Within all of us is an imaginal world that speaks of our dreams, memories, thoughts, ideas, beliefs and desires. Our unconscious reveals to us, on a nightly basis, how vivid and compelling those images can be.
Andrew explores working directly from the imagination. This class is designed to allow you to experiment and lose your inhibitions about “correct“ image making and focus on the mind’s ability to find images that are personal and unique.
Andrew will provide you with methods of accessing your imaginative world while demonstrating ways to improve your drawing ability. The course is designed to provide you with a way of building a visual language with which you can construct images from your conscious imaginative Self.
The course will begin with exercises in tonal composition, mark-making and collage to explore a variety of ways to create imaginative creations. Working with charcoal and conte, students will be shown the most eﬀective use of the medium and how to fit their language to the medium. No previous experience necessary.
This process will begin with some time spent in preparation to research their chosen theme through sketching, the use of photographs, text, the internet etc.
Drawings in both courses will be on a large double A1 scale to encourage students to explore their mark making. The outcomes will give the students the opportunity to use this method to initiate and form ideas and bring about their own interpretations to this method.
At the end of the workshop students will be encouraged to exhibit one or more printed works either for sale or not in an exhibition of the work by the whole class. Local artists and supporters of Art Class Italy who will attend the exhibition with a commission payable on any sales going to the local gallery.
Materials To Bring
Your hosts will assist you to obtain any special art material needs you require from local suppliers. For the list of materials the students should bring Contact Us.
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