Ones to Watch: Antony Densham
Outstanding artists to have on your radar right now.
The human brain is wired to search for patterns and meaning, seeking to make sense of an often-nonsensical world. Based in Tāmaki Makaurau Aotearoa (Auckland, New Zealand), Antony Densham produces abstract works to both encourage and question this tendency. Through deliberate mark making, Antony produces enigmatic vistas for the viewer to explore, awash with colour and texture. Stretches of rich paint are applied with great consideration, taking pains to maintain evidence of the artist’s hand. These works slide between the known and unknown, revealing and concealing, and evidence the artist’s extensive intellectual knowledge of the psychology of art, acquired over seven years of study.
After attaining a degree in graphic design majoring in illustration, Antony went on to earn a Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. He has exhibited in New Zealand, Australia and China, and has been a finalist in the James Wallace Art Awards, the NZ Painting and Printmaking Award, and the Molly Morpeth Canaday Award. As a recent addition to the stable of Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York, Antony is certainly an artist to watch in years to come.
Featured image: Antony Densham. C12.2020. Acrylic on canvas, 100 x 75cm. Courtesy: the artist.