Anthony Ackrill - Enlighten

Artist: Anthony Ackrill
Title: Enlighten 
Nationality: American
Medium: Oil on Canvas
Dimensions:  48 x 22 unframed 53 x 27 

Anthony Ackrill (1958-  ) American artist who was born in Alaska but spent most of his time in Ohio and Florida. His early career included studying graphic design and working as an art director at an established advertising agency. In addition, he designed his own line of humorous greeting cards, which sold internationally. Following this period, Mr. Ackrill began to study drawing and painting on his own. After winning awards in several local and regional art contests, as well as selling some of his paintings, he sought a more formal education to help develop his talent. Mr. Ackrill found an excellent atelier-styled school for artists in Florence, Italy and enrolled in late 1995, at the age of 37.

In his second year in Florence, Mr. Ackrill began teaching anatomy to his fellow students, and in 1997 drawing and painting. After five years of painting and teaching in Florence he returned to Florida, where he now has his own studio.

Dr. Gregory Hedberg, curator of contemporary art at gallery in New York, stated “Anthony Ackrill is the only painter I know who combines an amazing ability when it comes to traditional technical skills with a very modern sense of subject matter.  Painting a human navel on a silver platter in a realistic manner would appeal to both Courbet and Duchamp. Ackrill’s multi-figural compositions exhibit Old Master technical skills yet again there is a very modern sensibility. The figures all have a sense of being here and now even though they are rendered in a manner that would delight Correggio.”

Enlighten, a captivating oil on canvas, exhibits his expertise in capturing the nuance of human form and surrealistically highlights his wonderful eye for composition and color. Enlightened (Conch) exhibits his style of hyperrealism blended with surrealism in the fine detail of the shell hovering over a teal sea.  En Tournant showcases the Florence training but lends an eye to the Dutch masters use of contrasting light and dark in this delightful oil on canvas to allude to the ballet movement, in this case with the “turning” being executed by the (fishes’) body.

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