Artist Anthony J Dunphy - AIC Interview

Anthony Dunphy is a Newfoundland artist. His acrylics paintings, with a flair for bright and vibrant imagery have been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers including, Our Canada as well as being juried into and showing at the Amazon Art exhibition held at Grand Central Station in New York City.

Question:
When did you realize you had the need to create and develop your skills?
Answer:
I have been creating since I was a child actually. My interests and mediums have changed over the years until today where I find the use of acrylics to be a very fulfilling adventure. I am constantly trying new genre and difficulty levels.

Question:
How do you know when your art is complete?
Answer:
It is a strange thing and one that I do not fully understand but the painting seems to tell me when it is finished. I don't mean in the literal sense but it feels finished so I stop tinkering with it.

Question:
Where do you gather your inspiration from?
Answer:
My inspiration comes from a plethora of venues. I love classic cars, country music and classical. I love the sea and the ships and people who work there. Quit frankly, everything inspires me!

Question:
Where do you typically create art?
Answer:
I invariably create in my studio from reference shots. I can be a bit of a perfectionist so the studio gives me the time to relax and get the painting exactly as I imagine it to be.

Question:
Right now, what is your medium of choice and what is your favourite subject matter?
Answer:
Acrylics are my favorite medium. My favorite subject matter changes daily though I must admit an affinity with the sea.

Question:
All artists at all stages of their career want to try something new, what other medium or subject matter do you see yourself experimenting with?
Answer:
Recently I have been trying a new genre for me to stretch myself artistically. I am creating abstract art. It is proving to be both fun and exciting.

Question:
Continuing education, do you partake and if so what did you learn?
Answer:
My education at this stage in watching the work of other artists and gaining insights from them as well as the try, try, try methodology which I have always employed for myself.

Question:
Have you ever taught a class or done an artist talk? If so, what did you talk about or teach? Can people sign up for your workshops and how?
Answer:
I have given many talks about art and show constantly unfortunately I have not been using the internet for these talks so they are not available for others to see at this time.

Question:
Have you ever painted en plein air? What was the biggest hurdle for you? Environmental challenges, wildlife, people, weather?
Answer:
No, I have not tried the plein air method though I do not rule it out as a future challenge. At present I live in Japan so I have many opportunities to travel here and gather inspiration.

Question:
Do you do commissions? If so, what is your process?
Answer:
At the present time I do not do commissions.

Question:
What is your favourite art related quote?
Answer:
My favorite art quote is by Amedeo Modiglianni. To create art is to give a gift to the world.

Question:
Do you have a favourite artist and what do you like about their art? Have you ever met them?
Answer:
I admire many artists both living and deceased but cannot really consider one above all others.

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Did they inspire you to pursue a career as a professional artist?
Answer:
Pursuing a career in art takes a lot of internal fortitude. To put yourself out before the public and subject your work to critical review takes a tough skin at times and I admire the artists who have done that though not all have achieved the success that they have striven for.

Question:
What is most challenging to you when starting a new project?
Answer:
Choosing a topic is my greatest challenge when starting a new piece but there have been happy times when a picture simply jumps out at me begging to be painted. These paintings are usually the easiest to complete as well.

Question:
What advice would you give to an artist starting out?
Answer:
Do give up! Make the art you want to make. Somewhere there is someone who will appreciate your work and want to have it for their own.

Question:
What keeps you going forward with your art in this very competitive industry?
Answer:
I create for myself. It makes me happy to start, work on and to finish paintings. Of course I love it when a piece sells but I do it for me so I have no need for external motivators.

Question:
In your studio, right now, what is your most important tool that you would be lost without?
Answer:
My viewing screen. It allows me to see my reference shots clearly and on a large screen. It helps me get the colours correct.

Question:
What is your favourite piece of work you have created, thus far?
Answer:
The latest one! I suppose I am fickle but I love all my paintings. When a new painting is completed I love it the most until the new one comes along.

Question:
What is the most well received piece of art you have created?
Answer:
I created a portrait of Miles Davis a few years back. It received a lot of press and was even featured in an exhibition at Grand Central Station in New York City for Amazon Art.com

Question:
Do you have a favourite gallery or museum that you visit?
Answer:
I have visited so many galleries and museums in my life but the Vatican museum in Rome is my favorite.