Anthony Birchwood

Painting has been my life from as far back as I can remember. For me, the process of painting is a personal dialogue which explores the relationships between us and the perceived world. In a sense it's the activity that lets me know that I'm living. My influences are quite varied - from Masaccio to Pontormo, Turner to Sutherland, Pollock to Hodgkin. It's not always easy to see how these influences work, but these are the artists that make me want to paint. I expect my paintings are some kind of synthesis of all the above, I don't really know. I'm not even sure that it's necessary to know. Literature is for telling the story, art is for telling how the story feels. During a career spanning three and a half decades I have exhibited, or had representation, in the UK, America and Europe; and my paintings hang in numerous private collections, here and internationally. My work was recently featured in the international art magazine, Oz-Art. In 2010 I became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists. Winner of The Lichfield Prize, 2016.