Anthony Gadd


Anthony has carried a passion for art from his early school days in the Eastern Cape. Initially his focus was more on watercolours, with nudes, wildlife and landscapes as his primary subjects.

Anthony has an exceptionally rich spectrum of professional and personal experience, abilities and talents to draw from.

Having spent nearly two decades as a Commercial Artist, Creative Director and later Director of his own advertising agency, Anthony longed to spend more time creatively. In 2004 he stopped working in advertising and following his passion, began to paint full time.

He has participated in a number of exhibitions, has been commissioned frequently and has numerous requests from gallery owners to hang his work. Gallery owners and the general public are excited by his unique and dynamic concept and approach to art

 “I don’t know that artists wholly control the meaning of their work. 

Meaning accrues. This almost alchemical process motivates a never-ending search for fresh magic “

 Initially, Anthony worked on metal, taking sections of road maps of areas in South Africa as a basis. These came about through trying to create a metallic feel on canvas. Later he moved to actual metal. Its rust properties gave it an organic and unique appearance. At first it seemed hard, strange and non-absorbent compared to canvas. As he experimented, he saw the different effects one could obtain, particularly when the unpredictability of rusting areas is involved. Many sheets of metal later, he came to understand this new media and to enjoy its special properties. A large commission for a Gauteng Conference centre was the culmination of this experimentation.

Later he began working in bright dynamic colour combinations in loose landscapes on watercolour paper using acrylic focusing on areas of the Cape, West Coast and Karoo. He has matured his original, more realistic style to become looser, fresher and more abstract in his later works.

More recently he has started combining up to six different mediums, to create a richly toned, textural feeling to his subjects and which creates a unique feeling of depth. His fresh approach has appealed to the public and galleries and in a short space of time he has become a very successful artist.

Anthony works from his studio in Cape Town, is married to artist and author Ann and has two children.

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