Anthony Hunter was born in Lancashire, England 1987. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2009 from the ‘Contemporary Art Course’ where he worked collaboratively with his twin brother focusing on painting and a little bit of performance.
After graduating, Anthony and his brother landed a job sitting for Damien Hirst at the exhibition ‘POP LIFE’ at Tate Modern, London, which involved them sitting underneath a pair of Hirst’s spot paintings. Following this they both became painting assistants for an unknown employer, and when this turned out to be Damien Hirst, a year later they were painting the spots rather than sitting beneath them.
Anthony’s recent series of abstract paintings are born from simply wanting to paint with freedom and fun, especially having painted in such a structured, repetitive way as an Artist’s assistant for three years.
“Making a painting is exciting. When I approach a blank board or canvas I have no idea what will happen. I make my paintings quickly and make it an enjoyable experience. I will pour the paint, I will scrape the paint, and I will attack it with a twelve-inch brush. When nothing in the painting bothers me and I think I can live with it, I will stop.” – Anthony Hunter
May 28, 2021