Meeting Anthony at the exhibition's opening, Haus of Phag asked him to take us through his work. One of the most striking images of the exhibition is 'Seguiriyas - Three Cantoras Sing for a Dying Cat' (above), a work that is, like many of his paintings, greatly influenced by the time he spends in Spain. The flashes of orange cut through what should be a melancholy scene, but their caricature-ish faces are daubed with a moment of serenity against this abstract and exotic explosion of colour. Tragi-comic, these images are vibrant and dynamic and their bright explosions of colour burst through images that otherwise barely stray from greys and greens.
In 'The Waiting Room' series, Anthony saw an image of a group of people waiting for what seemed like their negation. Their faces are dour, painted or drawn in shades of greens and blues that reflect harsh moments of internalised anxiety, waiting for what? Test results? A train? News of loved ones? They wait in isolation together, each face reflecting layer upon layer of thought upon thought. Anthony has returned to each face several times, unpicking and unpeeling their expressions, as well as studying their form as a collective of independents, leaving us to long for more than just this one captured moment.