Anthony Green NEAC LG RA Hon RBA Hon ROI


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Artist Statement

In 1957, Anthony Green fell in love with a Slade student. They married in 1961. Since then, Mary Cozens-Walker has been the inspiration for 600 narrative paintings. Sometimes the subjects are sad, dealing with death, dementia and divorce. More often, he paints love, joy and sexual fulfilment. Mary is the star of his story. Their daughters’ lives are lovingly recorded. He deals with childhood and old age. He imagines his mother as a teenager, and records her passage to Heaven. He loves painting flowers, and has accepted commissions to paint portraits, cars, jet engines, barns and Burgundy connoisseurs.

Method of Working

Anthony makes large, irregularly shaped pictures in oil paint on battened, primed boards. In love, in Paris, on a French government scholarship, and soon to return to marry Miss Cozens-Walker, our hero resolved to paint about his virginity and married love, rather than art about art. He would make his contribution to Modernism by telling his small private story in pictures – la petite histoire par un petit maître – simply a little history by a jobbing artist. Figurative art would still be relevant. The pictures in his mind’s eye had no edges. His compositions need not be traditional rectangles. His first shaped painting was made in 1964, influenced by images seen in Early Italian Gothic arches and French Romanesque tympanums. Perhaps his developing compositions might have irrelevant perimeters? Paintings fashioned by the multiplicity of pictures in his memory. Art would simply serve his needs.


Biographical Details

Since 1990 Has lived in Little Eversden, Cambridgeshire
1967-69 Lived in Leonia, New Jersey, and Altadena, California
1961 Married Mary Cozens-Walker, who became his muse
1960-61 Lived in Paris and Châteauroux
1956-60 Slade School of Fine Art where he won the Henry Tonks Drawing Prize

​Other Society Memberships

London Group (LG), Royal Academy (RA), Hon Royal Society of British Artists (RBA), Hon Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI)

Scholarships, Awards, Prizes

2015 Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge
2011 Honorary Doctorate, University of Buckingham
2000-08 Appointed Trustee of the Royal Academy
1996 Shortlisted for Jerwood Painting Prize
1991 Elected Fellow of University College, London
1977 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition: Exhibit of the Year
1967 Harkness Fellowship to USA
1960 French government scholarship to Paris

Past Exhibitions

2006 ‘The Artist’s Mother’, Ulster Museum
2000 ‘Passion’, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
1999-2000 ‘Resurrection – A Pictorial Sculpture for the Millennium’, a national tour of British cathedrals & the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle
1996 ‘Constructions, Projections, Sculpture and Paintings by Anthony Green RA’, Christchurch Mansion & Wolsey Art Gallery, Ipswich
1994 ‘A Green Perspective’, Pallant House, Chichester
1989 ‘Anthony Green’s Mirror’, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia & touring to Scunthorpe, Cleveland & Warwick
1987-78 ‘Anthony Green 1960-1986’, Niigata City Art Museum & touring to other Japanese museums
1978 ‘Anthony Green Paintings’ Rochdale Art Gallery & touring to Sheffield, Southampton, Birmingham, Belfast & London


Spring 2017 Title to be confirmed, Martin Bailey, Royal Academy, London
​2010: Anthony Green: 'Flowers, Clouds, Corsets and a Cactus, London': Richmond Hill Gallery
1984: Anthony Green: 'A Green Part of the World' (1984) London: Thames & Hudson