Tony Broadbent has had a varied life which is reflected in his work. he has been painting for 40+ years, his primary interests are colour and form, along with abstract representation and his own interpretation of the human condition.
His concluded series 'Art in the rain ' is inspired by the general malaise of 2007/8 when it rained both summers and was instrumental in channelling the delayed grief felt over the death of his mother from bowel cancer in 2006.
Following this, 2008 - 2011 included various open exhibitions, charity events, making donations and renewing the love of painting in a more positive and selfish manner, as well as getting involved with other artists and generally appreciating ' doing' the art first and foremost.
Since april 2012 he has been working in a very large Studio which is allowing the exploration of old styles and development into new areas and engaging in more live exhibitions.
Recently he exhibited as one of the top 100 emerging U.K. artists at The Other London Art Fair and is beginning to partake of wider public invitation Events/Art Fairs. He will be exhibiting at The Smith Gallery Brighouse from November for 26th in a collaberation with two other artists ( see info link below )
Normally quite reticent about publicity, he now understands and believes that it is time to share his work in a much wider forum especially the larger works.
At present he is unrepresented to any one exclusive contract though he has and does sell his works via commission through Retail, High St and online Galleries and without commission directly to customers and repeat purchasers, many of his works have featured in magazines., articles, book covers though he would be the first to admit that keeping record of what happened when has never been pertinent to him - such things require organisation.
" Art is in the mind, I , just set the mood. "
" My ambition is not to be an art prostitute nor do I want to be a lonely effete esoteric though I recognise the capacity of each direction in my work, art is simple it only gets complicated when others ask or tell you what it means. "
" If it means something to you without others words in your mind then good or bad, I have done my job which is to make you connect with the art. It has everything to do with that first instinct/connection - yes or no - even if you do not know why "
March 2014 Community Artist in residence Sun Park Living, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote..new commissions, an 18 foot wall Mural., Art classes, projects and being in the company of people over 50 years old, not new to life but very new to art which it has been my great pleasure to show and teach them how to both do and think art. Inspirational indeed.
Now I've had art stolen from me before, wether it be by shoplifting, iffy Gallery owners or straight forward being sold and claiming it has been lost, I've seen all the tricks and experienced most of them..we live..we learn, we don't get bitter, just wiser.
LATEST ONE ONE IS THE THEFT OF A PIECE OF ARTWORK INSTALLED IN A PRIVATE COMPLEX AND SCREWED, YES, SCREWED TO THE WALL. sorry caps off...Opinions 2 has disappeared, now if it was unliked - no problem, tell me I'll shift it, it if was damaged, let me see it first, if it was simply stolen then denial of existence is not helpful.... mmmmmm..at least..Take the bold off.
At least we continue to learn. Fortunately I took a half decent photo with my Canon or was it iphone, expensive but good at what they do and have now learned how to use technology to reproduce and enhance digitally what I do in the Studio, with a new twist.
So the the latest " digital renditions " are coming on stream and they are held in my possession, they do not exist in Retail and as such are wholly affordable without a normal double plus VAT commission placed upon them.... IF I ever nearly make it again a £55 original Ltd Edition print run of 15 would not cost £55 inc all fees, save International shipping,
Never lose sight of the passion!