artwork by Anton Small

Surreal form painting

Artist Statement

What I am all about.

"How did you get into my dream last night?"

Surrealist painter Anton Small (born 1982) works in oil on canvas and gouache on paper, and composes pieces which appeal to his inclination for the peculiar and strange. His no-compromise approach drives him to paint subjects that interest him, describing his craft as an alternate language; the finished work, concept, or emotions once painted do not always directly translate into words. Largely inspired by a sense of otherness from artists like Francis Bacon, Kay Sage or Yves Tanguy, Anton produces most of his paintings in small sessions over several days; much of it in the late evening and into the night. The surreal entities he creates are an attempt to combine the objectively absurd within elements of the "real" world. These include the transformation of abstraction into illusionism, furthering Anton's thesis that there is no clear border between genres.


Upcoming and recent exhibitions

Upcoming Event: SWISSARTEXPO 2020

My artwork will be digiality presented on a screen at the SWISSARTEXPO 2020 in Zürich

FOM - Forms of mind

Visual art contest by the Carneviola Gallery, La Spezia, Italy (Online presentation).

Artnumber 23 Gallery Open Call - Short Listed

In 2020 my artwork was shown by the Artnumber 23 Gallery at a group exhibition in Athens / Greece

Rooftop Arts Centre - Postcard Show

In 2020 several of my surreal handdrawn postcards where on display at the Rooftop Arts Centre in Corby / UK

Kunsthaus Frankenthal

In 2019 my artwork could be seen in a group show called "Freymeyer and Friends" at the Kunsthaus in Frankenthal / Germany

ArtBox Gallery

My painting "Lichtschein" was digiality presented on a screen at the ArtBox Gallery and the SWISSARTEXPO 2019 in Zürich