My adrenaline rush (to create) is guided by the Universe and my eyes are its pilot. This is why I never sign my paintings. I actually place my thumbprint on the back of each completed piece. My work is for everyone to share and possess…not just on their walls but in their hearts. As a self-taught abstract expressionist and mixed media artist, my work incorporates texture and hues that focus on the air surrounding the earth and the cosmos — and how profoundly each affects our personal traits and how we affect them. Inevitably my vision and manner of work – spreads of brilliance surging through on the surface — provide the outline and the theme, thus permeating striking deposits of texture and unleashing remarkable reflections in each work.
Since becoming a professional artist in 2005, Anthony E. Boone’s career has skyrocketed beyond his wildest dreams. “Art chose me,” says Boone. “I wanted art in my home, but couldn’t afford to purchase any. So he made it his own.” It didn’t take the veteran freight conductor long to realize that he was hooked on making art. “I just loved painting . . . even the smell of paint. For me it was about sharing and relating to people. So I went to the streets, selling my work on the sidewalk.”
But those sidewalk sales ended one day in SOHO when Jamali, the artist/owner of New York City’s Jamali Gallery, told Boone that his paintings were too good to be sold on the street. Self taught and proud of it, Boone’s explosions of color and texture bring to mind the work of influential abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollack — an artist he highly respects. “He was so raw,” explains Boone.
Like Pollack, Boone also channels intense passion into his painting. Boone credits his seamstress mother Patricia A. Boone for his artistic instincts. “I watched her pick out patterns, textures and colors at the fabric store,” says Boone. His motivation to keep painting and sculpting comes from his father, contractor James E. Boone, who always showed him the before and after of a project.
In February 2011, Boone was chosen to present his works at the “Novartis Pharmaceutical Black History Month Forum” in East Hanover N.J. The global corporation purchased three of his works. Eventually, word of Boone’s artistry got around the freight yard. The Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE&T) commissioned him to create a painting commemorating the 150th anniversary of the union. The work entitled “America’s Backbone” was displayed at the 74th annual meeting held in Atlantic City.
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