Anthony Housman was born in Grimsby and currently lives and works in Hull. Housman makes paintings that can be described as abstract, but that also contain motifs and biomorphic shapes. His paintings are usually begun with what he calls an “activation of the canvas” – a flurry of diluted, painterly gestures, from which he looks to assimilate apparitions of space, by introducing increasingly systematized forms and solid areas of colour. His approach to painting focuses on developing a continuous dialogue between the intentional and the incidental.
Anthony Housman – Painter as mineralogist
‘In Anthony Housman’s work, there is always the sense that a new surface is trying to be created. Not just on a compositional level but on a broad aesthetic plane. There is a seductive mineral quality in the works, which seem to evolve within the canvas from areas of gaseous vapour to crystalline sharpness. Deeply considered swatches of paint are propped up by intermittent rods, pivotal structures punctuate space around which biomorphic, pseudo geometric forms play and dissolve. Delicate aggregates of gesture and strategic areas of ‘colour surprise’ combine to give the impression that, in certain areas, the paint itself has become mineralized. The paintings seem to hold secrets of a rare composite material, freshly discovered and ready for taxonomy.’