TWO ARTIST’S STATEMENTS
The figures in my paintings enact moments of drama that only they understand. Both the viewer and I are outside the depicted space, unable to control the events unfolding there. I am their maker, yet I have no special access to the secrets of my depicted people; my job is merely to attempt to embody them concretely so they can do what they must.
Although the above is true, to the extent that I am consciously aware about my process, I also know it cannot be the whole truth. As a viewer of my paintings, I know that they embody personal history, and at the same time depend on my reflections on the history of Western art. Perhaps the fragments of narratives that my images depict are an allegorization of the play and conflict between the personal and historical.
As an artist I seek to make manifest the non-tangible in the material world. Through visual metaphor I represent the nature of human longing -- longing for what we’ve never seen, and for what we have had and have lost; my paintings are about the ongoing emptiness that propels us through time. The human figure is my primary vehicle of expression because the viewer’s natural empathetic response to another’s body renders the expression more vital and clear. But at the same time, my deeper motive is to capture the fleetingness of individual human lives.
Anthony Apesos holds a B.A. from Vassar College, and went on to study painting for four years at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before earning an M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts at Bard College. He is a professor at the Lesley University College of Art and Design ( formerly the Art Institute of Boston) is the Founder and was the first Director the College’s Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Arts program. Tony has won numerous awards for his paintings, and has shown his work extensively in both solo and group exhibitions. He is the author of Anatomy for Artists and has also published many reviews and articles on the visual arts.