ANTHONY E. BOONE
As a 27 year freight train conductor, Boone knows a little bit about the importance of staying the course, being observant, and allowing the path and scenery to reveal itself. That exposure has influenced his approach to creating art. From experience, a conductor knows that both internal and external factors will affect each and every run of his career. And so it is with art... presenting a new perspective to a new, yet familiar, clean canvas.
Anthony's journey into visual arts started around 2005 when a friend invited him to attend several art shows in the area. He enjoyed everything about what he saw. But rather than take part as a spectator only, he decided to participate in the game. "I'm not trying to sound cliché, but from the start, everything about painting felt organic. I bought canvas and could not get it out of the car fast enough," Boone recalls. "I just put the canvas down on the floor and started letting it flow". For Boone, the process of painting seemed like a natural evolution from painting houses for his father's contracting business along with also witnessing his mother seamstress creations. Back in the beginning of his journey, he lived next-door to an art professor named Max Adams. Boone began to paint stills, landscapes, abstracts, and everything in between. "I would take the finished products over to my neighbor for review and critique." Professor Adams told Boone to simply be himself, take risks, and paint in a way that felt natural to him. "There are no rules in painting," he added. That statement led to the official opening of the door leading into the space we now know as Boone Art Life.
Armed with his new mantra, THERE ARE NO RULES IN PAINTING, Boone dug even deeper into his upbringing as a painter apprentice when it came to what he painted with. Instead of using traditional brushes, Boone used all kinds of materials ranging from paint, wood, dirt, or what ever felt right. I would layer them on (the materials) and then I'd move the canvas, go away, and let everything gel naturally. When I come back. I'd add more or leave it alone. Everything is based on the dominant emotion I feel from what I see. What is ultimately there is a combination of me and the actual painting itself. I cannot only see, but feel the movement in each creation." This personal investment in his works has led to the series Atmospheric, which has birthed 60 pieces thus far and remains on-going. The series "13" was inspired by his daughter noticing concentric circles that dried at the bottom of paint cans. He peeled out the circles and incorporated them into his work.The phrase "pay it forward" inspired the “Follow Your Dreams” 150 series. He painted 150 limited-edition pieces on 8" x 10" panels. This allowed his fans to purchase smaller versions of his work. Realizing the impact of reaching the masses along with the success of the 150 project, Boone veered down the path of fashion. He turned his paintings into T-shirts. The T-shirts took him on the track of collaborating with fashion designers who would create their own works of art using Boone's images as the fabric.
Boone's art is showing up more and more in and around New York City/New Jersey by way of exhibits, shows, and collaborative efforts ,and most recently doing a residency at Mana Contemporary(Eileen Kaminsky Family Foundation). In the age of the internet, his work has been purchased by admirers around the globe. It has even led to his pieces pieces being shown in Italy where he traveled to showcase his work and explain his motivation firsthand. There's definitely more coming down the pipeline… But just like his approach to creativity, you'll be privy to the final outcome when these projects are ready to reveal themselves organically. As a self-taught, self-motivated, credible artist "If you have the motivation, the drive, and people supporting you, then you can do whatever it is you want to do!"