Antony Collings (born 1973)
From the South East of England Antony grew up in the 80’s on a diet of skate and hip-hop culture. Whilst studying Art and Design, he was given an assignment titled “Decay” unbeknown that the same project would later kick-start an obsession for decaying walls, texture and predominantly the layers of flaking paint that those years of weathering and neglect produce.
Urban Decline, his latest solo show in Aug 21 aims to capture the decaying environment overlaid with the beauty of nature. New works on show are based on the fascination Antony has with observing streets and walls, then deciphering his observations through paint. The new body of work articulates the character associated with abandonment, marks and script with added contemporary twists. Ultimately, the exhibition takes a critical look at society’s interpreted view of inner city decline and juxtaposes it with the beauty of nature.
Antony Collings, also known as “ABC” is an international selling artist with a growing portfolio and social media following. His art has been displayed in galleries and exhibitions worldwide with works held in private collections globally.
“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it”.