ANTG-18009

West Coast

By Anthony Gadd

Mixed Media on Canvas / 75 x 135 x 4 cm
  • This abstract artwork by South African wildlife artist Anthony Gadd featuring the rugged West Coast region of the Western Cape in South Africa bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The artwork is entitled West Coast.

    A perfectionist at heart, Anthony chooses each subject’s pose and composition with careful care and consideration. “My style has been described as loose, bold, and expressive, which I tend to agree with. I treasure the ‘happy accident’ which brings gesture and freshness to each piece I create.” While both powerful and sensitively executed, Anthony is able to capture moments in time; breathing creativity, attention to detail, and artistic freedom into each of his artworks.

    He is drawn to the ever-changing harsh wildness of the sea and barren landscapes. Black patches of exposed rock adorn long stretches of isolated white beaches, catching light in exciting contrasts in his paintings, while the sea can change from an inviting turquoise to a brooding dark and stormy blue in moments. All these dramatic “changes in time” are recorded in his mind, to be recreated in his studio.

     

  • Anthony Gadd’s deep passion for his art is rooted in his childhood spent in the Eastern Cape where he roamed farms and interacted with wildlife and his broader environment which he now translates into his South African landscape paintings. Anthony works from his studio in Cape Town. 

    In the early stages of his career, Anthony Gadd focused on watercolours, with nudes, wildlife and landscapes as his primary subjects. He then explored a unique medium - metal, taking sections of road maps of areas in South Africa. Metal is the building material of the majority of homes in South Africa and consequently perfect to mirror the urban African landscape. The metal’s rust properties gave his South African landscape art an organic and unique appearance. 

    Later this South African landscape artist began working in bright dynamic colour combinations in loose landscapes on watercolour paper using acrylic focusing on areas of the Cape, West Coast and the Karoo.
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