i first saw anthony pontius' work on kirsten anderson's blog (the owner and gallerist of roq la rue) right some good. i was immediately mesmerized by anthony's work. it was dreamy and dark and had this cute, lopsided panda like thing in it. it was beautiful. beyond the simple word beautiful, there at two reasons i find anthony's work interesting. the first, is his use of splashes and dabs of colorful paint. colors like periwinkle, bubblegum pink, teal, and purple live harmoniously w/in the darkness of anthony's paintings. their placement is perfect. second, is his combination of cheerful imagery like the aforementioned panda, a video game or a hare w/in an apocalyptic backdrop. anthony blends them seamlessly. w/ all those combined, make anthony a favorite of mine and most definitely an artist to keep watching. i asked anthony recently to tell me about his work:
"i want to evoke a thought or an idea that seems to need an answer...the answer though never comes to mind, in turn new questions arise. the need for a solution fades with the freshness of those new thoughts. this is relevant to how i perceive life. the paintings cause me to examine all aspects of life, whether it is good/bad or ugly/beautiful, and accept it as a part of my experience. i would say i paint histories. these things are murky layers of concise moments that can only now be interpreted as a union. just like life, the paintings are in flux, moving from just on the tip of your tongue to the "ah ha" part of the brain..."
pretty good, right? the boy knows what he is doing. i couldn't have described his work any better. anthony is super busy, check out his myspace page where he regularly writes blogs about his current and upcoming shows.