Anthony Barrow is a member of NAPA, the National Acrylic Painters Association and has been painting for over 30 years he holds a BA (Hons) Fine Art and Certificate in Education and is a professional artist and lecturer and a Member of the Institute for Learning.
Anthony is predominantly a figurative painter with a prolific output which often overflows into the disciplines of landscape, still life and abstract painting. Chiefly commissioned based his vast experience and natural talent for capturing the underlying character of the sitter has led to numerous portrait commissions.
Influences include Gerhard Richter, Lucian Freud, Eric Fischl, the Impressionists and the Italian Renaissance artists, his philosophy revolves around the following statement:
"The context within which we experience an event will determine how that event is encoded and retained"
(Oxford Companion to the Mind- Richard L Gregory- 1987)
Anthony Barrow has exhibited throughout the UK and has work in private collections across Europe.
Early in 2007 he was invited to appear in the BBC 2 program "Rolf on Lowry" a televised event where he worked alongside Rolf Harris in the reproduction of Lowry's painting of "Piccadilly Gardens" in Manchester.
More recently (2008) he was commissioned by Tote Sport to produce eight portraits of celebrities using the horsehair of the 2006 Grand National winner Numerical. The finished paintings where exhibited at Aintree over the three days of the Grand National event they are now to be auctioned off to raise money for the Alder Hey Children's Hospital Imagine Appeal.
2005 he won 1st prize in the prestigious Art of Love Exhibition at the Oxo Tower Warf in London with his painting "The Others"
September 2007 he won the Daler Rowney best British painting category at the NAPA 23rd International Exhibition, held at the Ludlow Assembly Rooms in Shropshire.
2008 he was 1st prizewinner of the landscape/urban category at the SAA Artist of the Year Competition in Waterperry, Oxfordshire.
2009 he was 1st prizewinner in the SAA Artist of the Year figurative/portrait category held at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London and commissioned by Marks and Spencers to produce a painting of their Wigan store to commemorate 125 years in the business, the painting will be auctioned off at a charity event to raise funds for Derian House.
2011 Stockport Open Exhibition, Stockport Art Gallery, Cheshire. (2nd Place prize winner Most Outstanding Artwork)
2010 The National Acrylic Painters' Association The Crypt Gallery, St. Ives (prize-winner Daler Rowney Award)
2010 SAA Artist of the Year Competition, Business Design Centre Islington (winner 1st prize still life category)