MAP Art Gallery
Map building
Established artists and photographers regularly exhibit work at MAP Studio Cafe, adding to the colourful and artistic spirit of the venue. Visit our Online Art Gallery for the full catalogue:
46 Grafton Road London NW5 3DU
+44 (0)207 916 0545
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Current Show
Anthony Andrea Private View

Selected works by Anthony Andrea
Private view - Sunday 2nd December 2012 - 3pm - 9pm
Running from:
2nd December - 31st January
Anthony graduated with a First Class Degree in Fine Art Painting in 1984, and has been painting ever since.
It took me many years of intense practice before I felt that I had the slightest idea of how to make a painting. Painting has always been for me a very difficult thing. I have to be in an extremity of emotional, mental, physical and spiritual excitement to be able to carry a painting forward. If I am not in an exalted and ecstatic state, I cannot proceed with the work, because I have no Idea how to. My paintings are made over weeks and months and even years on those tremendous days when I feel like I know what the hell I am doing. My paintings may or may not have psychological and or symbolic content; If that is ever the case, it is merely an accident of my birth, something that I cannot possibly have exerted conscious or wilful control over; a result of the particular circumstances of my origin. and development The aspect of my work that really interests me is its rhythm. I feel that the ultimate meaning and value of a painting lies in it's rhythm. A painting is a composition of line and tone and colour. It has a form. It has a rhythm. It is through the form and through the rhythm, that a painting operates on the deepest level, beyond rational cognition, in the realm of feeling and spirit.
I want my paintings to be beautiful; In order to be so, a painting needs to possess finality of form. Finality of form is achieved when a work will suffer no addition or subtraction, however small, without the intensity of its effect being diminished or entirely destroyed. It requires a phenomenal subtlety to achieve this end. Subtlety is only possible when one is working freely, fearlessly, spontaneously; and in a state of the greatest possible enjoyment. i.e.. at those rare and wonderful moments when the conscious life and the unconscious life become united in an ecstasy of self realisation.

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