I’ve first heard about David Anthony and his work back in 2015 when my first solo show was coming to an end and he was preparing to set up right behind me. From this , I would be able to always point out his work by his prominent usage of colors and lines. A few years later, news came out that in part of the new redevelopment plan for the Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, his work would be featured on the walls of Starbucks. This move resonated with people like myself because in a part of town where our young gifted artists are told that their passion is more of a hobby and not a career, they can visually see someone that looks like them work in a busy establishment. So, while creating the Studio Visit segment for the site, David was my first choice and I was honored to get an in-person look at the process
Upon entering Anthony’s studio, you’re confronted with a beautiful shrine featuring items from his last few transitions in recent years. The first thing that catches your attention is your own reflection in the mirror that sucks you in and forces you to see yourself in his world. Surrounding the mirror are different key items like sage, crystals, poetry, feathers to represent his Great migration exhibition, and a picture of his grandmother who unfortunately passed away in 2014. After staying in his grandmothers room after her passing for 4 years, David continues to carries her calming energy everywhere he goes. This shrine is all about keeping positive energy why still welcoming new energy.
“I’ve realized that my work has been vibrante for a long time until I’ve gotten to Chicago and it slowly gotten more and more muted. Then when I traveled back and forth to LA and Miami, it started to brighten back up again.”
"All of my work is about the work itself and my life. It’s all autobiographical because I’m painting about the things that I’m interested in…. It’s autobiographical in that you can get an understanding for what I’m about. I’m not making this work for other people. I’m making it for me and then I’m finding the people that resonates with the work."
After viewing David’s space, you can see all that he has sacrificed to make sure that the work and vision remains pure and the energy stays in his control. His artistic freedom is refreshing in an industry where money, popularity, and hype could sometimes cloud your judgement. You can follow his work on instagram at @davidanthonyart