Anthony Brown paints an Historic Liverpool Skyline
After listening to an interview on Radio Merseyside with Sean Styles and artist Anthony (Tony) Brown, I decided to go and visit his studio at the Neptune Building at Mann Island at the Pier Head.
What an exhibition!
Tony’s work on display included many of the 100 Heads Thinking As One exhibition that have been exhibited universally since 2007. That exhibition was conceived and produced by Tony and his wife Lorraine to celebrate the 800 year Charter of Liverpool. The subjects were chosen for their unique contribution to Liverpool life and portrayed the spirit and character of Merseyside. His talent has taken him from a local artist to an internationally acclaimed artist with work commissioned and exhibited throughout the world. Together with all these amazing original works you can watch Tony work on his current canvases.
One of these canvases is at the moment a blank one. Over the next six months he will be creating a painting from a time-lapse of over 9000 images taken throughout the developement at Mann Island. The Neptune building at Mann Island has been described as a ‘Blot on the Landscape’ and Tony is to paint a Liverpool Skyline to document the changing face of the waterfront. This will incorporate his and many others memories of the old Pier Head. He said he wants to paint a picture of the new buildings on the waterfront along with the history of what was there before, the bus depot, the overhead railway, the workers and dockers. He remembers as a child how busy the waterfront was and, after 20 quite years, the waterfront is starting to bustle again and he wants to capture this.
It’s Liverpool, and I am very excited at the thought of watching this masterpiece being created over the coming months.