I believe in narrating positive Dreams through my works.
Firstly, its only after much contemplation and mental visualisation of the form,volume and space and later by drawing this imagination on a piece of paper, or some time doing a painting of these idea that I am able to eventually conceptionalize these vibrational art pieces in three dimension sculptures.
In every art piece of mine one can feel the passion and emotion put in it, and each time I marvel at my creation and believing as its the ultimate and the best artwork that I have ever done.
Quite often someone ask me like how long does it takes to finish a certain piece of work, its impossible and I can never put a time period to finish a said creation, as a for an example I started up to touch up a sculpture that’s to be 35x37x24cm and it ended 70x80x35cm.
And its hugely rewarding when you see a person walk toward the sculpture with that awe and admiration in their eye’s and only after caressing it and with guilt, they ask if it was OK to touch them. Ha ha haa! even though its strictly “ verboten “ to touch with greasy hands etc… for me its a pure pleasure when this happens. As its very appreciable knowing that they senses the vibration of what I am transmitting through my works invoking some deep and positive colours on somebodies feeling, and that what I am doing is after all thats special indeed.
1) A wonderful reward it was when it was announced that the prestigious prize of the year 2005 for painting & sculpture goes to Michel Anthony in Nice, France
2) It was a sweet surprise when it was announced that I was the winner during the 2012 Salon A.I.A.P. UNESCO, in Monaco, for my sculpture " Aidos "
3) For me its quite an honour when my sculpture " The Power of Music " was selected for the " Bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi " and exhibited at the Museum, M.O.CA Montecatini Terme Tuscany in Italy in 2013.
Michel Anthony 2015
Yoyo Maeght with a dedication for me
Elegance dominates the sculpture of Michel ANTHONY
It is with apparent ease that the sculptor Michel Anthony uses simple but essential elements in order to express his own personality within a writing in space. To generate a love song, a hymn to beauty. Abstract or semi - figurative titrated various names (Amy, Chloe, Love Heart, Magali ...) these aerial that develops into semantic curves, rhythms retained, or the alveolar is queen and logical construction, easily dominating its limits .
In this way, according to the theme of a style, original works created, tonic, clear, non-repetitive serial whose design does not prohibit the audacity or the visual amenity. This universe are punctuated by coiled forms, collected, energetic ...
A tribute to human vitality and feminine. It emancipates launches into linear ballerinas animating spaces, or heaped flexible reliefs and, earthly identifying various grades of bronze ...
Docile and well planned, colours enriching the metal provoking apparent fantasies, promoting colourful reading and editing volumetric or with tonal play the bronze often retains its shine and industrial warmth.
This emerging art scholar, spiritual bases formal balances and chromatic, the mass density and importance of openings. Fearing neither figurative nor abstract, often mixed, expressing tribute to love, to life. The three-dimensional imposes its presence to the modern virtuosity that never broke with classicism. He plays the evolution, analysis and the development of multiple elements always remaining in the tradition of research with elegance.
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Coming from distant lands, Michel Anthony has made his mark in Nice over the last few years. Modest yet elegant Michel deserves a bright light to be shone upon his fine works of art, he truly is an artist of exceptional talent. Whilst navigating between different styles and spheres, he paints and sculpts with the feelings from his heart and experience of world travel, he carries with him a sense of universal humanity.
He shares his time in a tiny studio in the old town of Nice, an unusual yet exceptional place that has been the cradle of several great artists hailing from the famous "Ecole de Nice".Cesar, Bernar Venet, Jean-Claude Farhi, Serge III, Claude Gilli, Nivese.....and first and foremost defender of this fine school, Jacques Lepage.
The other port of call for this old boat skipper is the beautiful and mysterious Tuscany... He creates his sculptures at the the famous "Fonderia d'Arte" Massimo Del Chiaro a Pietrasanta, in the illustrious company of such greats as, Giuseppe Penone, Fernando Botero, Igor Mitoraj and Dashi Namdakov.
My friend and art critic Michel Gaudet has taken some time to write a few lines about the works of Michel, this is truly a great reference as he is never known to pull punches over how he writes.... Gaudet appreciates artist that are not courtiers or followers of official or cultural trends.
The route for Michel may be long before his work is truly recognised, but he is an artist with something interesting to say. He has a worldly feel to him, and for all his qualities I wish dear Michel a long and fruitful life with his art. He is humble in his comportment ..... Never one to complain, he is not bitter, sour or jealous....your Nobel heart and gentle comportment seduced me on our first meeting......Timeless and beautifully artistic, thank you for your sincerity in all areas.
Chevalier du Mérite Culturel Monégasque
Michel Anthony - Sculptor
FEET ON THE BRONZE AND HEAD IN THE COLORS
"My sculptures dress up shapes." Self-taught citizen of the world, Michel Anthony summarizes in a few words his artistic vision - personal and coherent, against all odds, and nothing seems to predispose this sailor to become an artist... Let's have a quick look at his life. At the age of 8, Michel Anthony was harvesting rubber in the Hevea fields of Malaysia. Modest family, hard life, small jobs... His ambition pushed him to quickly leave Malaysia to sail the South Seas. "My inspiration comes from the deep within as well as my time on the boats and travels." He became a professional skipper and ran a sport-fishing agency in Ceylon. All the colors of the sea he will find again a few years later in Milan with Ken Scott, an American artist who became a fashion designer who revolutionized the Italian fashion in the 1970's.
Ken Scott is the magician behind "Flower Power" and his bright colors will be the staple of his creations. Michel Anthony was Ken Scott's first assistant in charge of the color palette. He mixed colors by hand, designed the fabrics that will be used to dress up prestigious women like Brigitte Bardot, Princess Durusheva and Jackie Kennedy... And still taking classes of the fine arts of Brera and the School of Castello in Milan. "Of my experiences in the fashion world, I kept my taste for clothing and mix and match colors. My sculptures give shape to the void." His first sculptures were created at that time, the abstractions that he keeps on doing today by mixing colors and geometrical shapes.
To dedicate himself entirely to sculpture, Michel Anthony decides to leave Milan and settles down in Nice. Bronze sculpture demands not only artistic qualities, but also an impeccable realization. After some less satisfying experiments, Michel Anthony, decides to find a foundry to match his expectations and his technical demands. In Pietrasanta, Italy near Carrare, he found the very famous foundry, Massimo Del Chiaro, where Botero and many famous international artists work. The bronze in this foundry has qualities that don't exist anywhere else. But not everybody can work at Del Chiaro. The demand exceeds the production capabilities of the foundry. With his passion, Michel Anthony knocks on the door of the foundry. The owner sensing a real talent gives him the keys to this paradise.
His first sculpture wins first prize in a European contest in Nice in 2005. Many more awards like the prize of the jury for the sculpture "Eagle of Nice" will follow. In his atelier in the old town of Nice, Michel Anthony continues to create and honors the wishes of his private or public collectors in Malaysia, Japan or Italy. Without any doubt there is an Anthony style: cosmic, light, and symbolic. "I do a sketch with paper and pencil, and I paint it on the canvas and then I do a plaster replica. If the technique is traditional, the one involving wax, my influences are American:Ken Scott, of course, but also Susan Nevelson and Sylvia Braverman"
Michel Anthony was born in Perak, Malaysia. He lives and works in Nice.
Michel Anthony, 20 rue Droite, 06000 Nice – 04 22099168
A Malaysian's Rise from Rubber Tapper to Famous Sculptor
August 21, 2013:
From tapping rubber as a boy to creating stunning bronze sculpture, life has been unexpected for Michel Anthony. Sarah Rees speaks with the award-winning Malaysian sculptor to discover how luck and daring came together to take this Perakian from the plantations to the prize podiums of Europe.
Whatever you expect when you hear the words “award winning sculptor”, it will not be the dapper, wide-smiling Indian man with the engorged mop of curly hair who greeted me at the Sutra Gallery surrounded by his bronze works. With a firm handshake and an easy manner, Michel Anthony oozes a healthy balance of confidence and humility that is the product of an unlikely life and the sign of a talented man who still believes in luck.
Michel is currently enjoying awards and adoration as a sculptor working with bronze, and from his studio in France he creates beautiful drawings and paintings that evolve into sculptures that have wowed art admirers at shows all around Europe and worldwide. But this is certainly not the life he was born into, nor is it an existence that he ever visualised when tapping rubber alongside his parents as an eight year old boy.
A Childhood On The Move
“I was always very adventurous,” explains Michel as we start his story where it all began, as the second eldest of eight children growing up on a rubber plantation in Perak. “I liked being outdoors – fishing, hiking. And I was a bit naughty, too.”
While this may paint a picture of an impish boy racing around the plantation, the reality was somewhat less romantic. “I worked with my parents tapping rubber before school in the morning,” he says. “That was the way of life.” When the money ran out to pay for his school bus, Michel made the decision to quit school and work to help the family: he was just 12 years old. What followed was more than a decade of unexpected twists and turns of life, from working in a dispensary to taking tourists around on a fishing boat in the waters around Penang, the latter giving Michel his first sight of the ocean and introducing him to the pleasure of sailing.
After proving himself on various stints as a skipper on yachts in Penang, Michel was invited by a foreign skipper to help deliver a sailing yacht to the Mediterranean, and he couldn’t refuse. “I wanted to travel,” he says. “When I was a teenager working in the dispensary, I used to read the Children’s Encyclopaedia Britannica and decided I was going to marry a French girl!”
He shakes his head in amusement. He did marry a French girl, and ended up settling his life and finding his vocation on French soil.
That is not to say that his progression has been straightforward, and Michel is the first to admit that “life has not been easy for me. Being an artist is no joke. There is so much competition, and you have to be different; extraordinary. I had no intention of just making postcards for tourists – I wanted to be the best. I dared to be different. Its challenging, but you have to dare.”
It was surely daring that tempted Michel away from his reliable life as a yacht skipper in the Mediterranean to Milan to try his hand at art, encouraged by a serendipitous meeting with the American fashion designer Ken Scott on board a boat. Scott spotted the enthusiasm and natural eye for drawing in this young man – “I suppose I had always been good at that in school,” Michel adds thoughtfully – and swiftly invited the Malaysian to become his personal assistant. Suddenly having access to the world of art opened up a whole realm of opportunity for Michel, and he quickly moved from drawings and paintings to sculpting. “The painting is just a study,” he says, articulating the development from 2D to 3D. “The sketch is what inspires the sculpture. I want to create things that people want to touch.”
Bronze was his only choice of material – “I always loved the volume and the form, you can communicate more with it,” he explains – and when researching foundries in his area, he stumbled upon the world famous foundry, Massimo Del Chiaro, in Florence. With his first ever sculpture in his hand, the daring Malaysian knocked on the door and took his first steps into a very different way of life. That first sculpture won him his first award, and life has been on an upward trajectory ever since.
Europe is very much Michel’s base and field of industry for the moment – exhibitions and award ceremonies throughout the continent clamour for his work, and his beloved foundry lies in the heart of Italy, and yet Michel is quick to correct any misconception about the place Malaysia occupies in his life.
“Malaysia is like my sub-conscious; it’s always there,” he explains, gesturing to his ‘Tree of Life’ series of work that is inspired by his homeland. “I’ll definitely come back to Malaysia,” he says quickly, with a firm nod of the thick hair. “My whole family are here. My parents died young so the rest of the family look to me. I did it, you see.”
“It” seems somewhat too limited a word to encompass all Michel has achieved in his life, and just how far he has moved from his poor upbringing on the rubber estates. His trajectory was as improbable as it is uplifting and Michel, while delighted at his success, is pragmatic enough to assign his career to both serendipity, luck, and his own daring in equal measure. “My experience, the things I’ve seen; all this builds up and it makes me different. You have to be willing to look like a fool, you have to dare. I made the right decision, and I had the determination to carry on.”
His determination continues, and he has no plans to stop making art. “That’s the best thing about it; there’s no age limit!” he says, laughing. Expect to see much more of this daring local talent, whose success can be credited to his nose for adventure and eye for creation. His tale is an unlikely as his appearance, but his art is a marvel you are unlikely to forget.
Michel Anthony ,
Malaysian by birth, niçois by adoption.
The award winning Artist and Sculptor, started his career working as the personal assistant to the prolific fashion designer Ken Scott in ( Milan ) Italy, from 1979 - 1991 until his demise .
During this time Michel Anthony worked alongside Ken Scott in fabric design for the fashion world, colour schemes and archiving ,continued his interest in the art world, by attending the art school ‘ Scuola Brera dell Arté ’ in Milan 1987 - 1991, and then attended the Scuola Superioré d’arté Applicata ill Industria Castello, Milan, Italy. As cites Mr Cambré he has passed ephemeral spheres of distant lands that recall the rites and typical Pagan worship of far off lands and culture, a fusion of the divine and the profane, the imaginary and the real, the abstract and the solid, to a new style where the swipes of the Palate knife play with colour , neither monotone or monochrome, but in surge of emotion, and explosion of amazement; this all translates into one unique word ; ADMIRATION.
Photo by : Chiara Samugheo
2014 : GemLucArt ' 16-26 Oct 2014 , Auditorium Rainier III ' Monaco
2014 : Domaine des Artistes “ Le Group Terra” a Antibes 26 Julliet 15 Sept
2014 : Expo F.A.R.C. 24 Avril - 09 Mai, Museo Mitt Torino. Italy.
2014 : Kehrig fine Art, Delta Bessborough, Canada.
2014 : Saint Paul Gallery, Mars- 01Nov 2014, Saint Paul de Vence. France
2014 : 8 ème Rencontre Artistique Monaco Japon "A.I.A.P, Monaco 2014
2014 : Le centenaire du Voeu de Willette 1914-2014, Eglise St Pierre de Arene., Nice
2013 : Bicentenaire Giuseppe Verdi, MO.CA Monticatini Terme Tuscany, Italy
2013 : GemLucArt ' 6-18 Nov 2013 , Auditorium Rainier III ' Monaco
2013 : Expo Salon 2013 .A.I.A.P. Unesco Monaco, 22 Nov 08 dec
2013 : ConsulArt, exposition Internationale des Consulats de Marseille au Pavillon M .
2013 : The Art of Urban Living, Sentul. A YTL Project ,Malaysia.
2013 : Salon PromArt 2013, Nice Cote d'Azur, France
2013 : Embodied Elegance Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2013 : 7 ème Rencontre Artistique Monaco Japon "A.I.A.P, Monaco
2012 : Salon 2012 .A.I.A.P. Unesco Monaco Mythes Mystères, Muse et Merveilles.
2012 : Quand fleurissent les sculptures, Jardin Exotique. Monaco
2012 : GemLucArt ' Auditorium Rainier III ' Monaco
2012 : ConsulArt ' Palais des Art ' Parc Chanot in Marseille. France
2012 : Kehrig Fine Art in Edmonton, Canada.
2012 : The Seborga World Art Expo, Serborga, Italy
2010 : Heart of Gold : " Unisys " in St Paul de Vence. France
2010 : 1 Malaysia Evening with Malaysian Sculptor at KL Tower in Malaysia.
2010 : Hotel Radisson Blu, Promenade des Anglais, Nice
2010 : Winds of Desire " at Central Market ,Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia
2009 : National day with Malaysia at ' Salon Ampere ' Palais de Commerce à Lyon.
2008 : Salle Neptune at the port of Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, France
2008 : Merdeka Day Hotel Sofitel, Marseille.
2007 : Pluie de Toiles ’Ambassade international des Arts, Cannes.
2007 : 50 ans de Indépendance de Malaisie , Pavillon Dauphine, Paris.
2007 : Espace Arts, Foire de Nice.
2007 : Tourism Malaysia, Hotel Sofitel Champs Elysee, Paris
2006 : Hôtel Concord Lafayette & Ambassade de Malaysia. Paris
2006 : Gallery Artemisia, Nice, France.
2006 : Forum du Printemps Artistique, Port St Laurent du Var.
2006 : Sculpture, INRA, Sofia Antipolis
2006 : Exposition International Kobe 2006, Japan
2006 : Competition, Grand Salon International U M N, Nice
2006 : Grand Marche d ‘ Art Contemporain, Valbonne.
2006 : Pluie des Toiles, Cannes; :
2006 : Rencontre d’art Sémiotique du Golf de St-Tropez
2006 : Sculpture compétition, Aigle de Nice, St Laurent.
2005 : Gallery Artemesia, Nice, France.
2005 : Hotel Marriott, La port de Monaco.
2005 : Academie de Peinture et du Sculpture de Nice & Riviera.
2001 : Anderson Consulting, Sofia Antipolis, France.
2000 : Sculpture Competition, National Art Gallery, Malaysia.
1998 : Artist of Perak, May-Bank , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1995 : Baltic Orplid Yachting. St Tropez. France.
1994 : Virbac Laboratory Nice, France
He has also received great acclaim for his bronze sculptures during the 49th MalaysiaNational Day Celebrations at the Hotel Concorde Lafayette Paris in September 2006. His work was displayed to dignitaries and special guests as a Symbol of the unity and harmony of the Malaysian people where his roots lie and where many of his artistic ideas have their foundations.
During his time in Nice, he can be found working alongside some of the best artist in the region and amongst world renowned sculptors such as , Alexandra De Lazzareff , Joseph Sheppard , Igor Mitoraj, Fernando Botero, Ivan Theimer, Mauro Corda , Brixel Richard , etc … at his atelier / foundry in Pietrasanta, Italy.
L'élégance domine la sculpture d ' Anthony Michel.
Apparemment elle est désinvolture, l' art d'exprimer une écriture dans l ' espace, ou la personnalité du sculpteur use d' éléments simples mais essentiels.
Pour susciter un chant d ' amour, un hymne à la beauté. Abstraite ou semi - figurative, titrée de noms variés ( Amy 1, Chloé, Love Heart , Magali... ) cette sémantique aérienne se développe en courbes, en rythmes retenus, ou l' alvéole est reine et la construction logique, dominant aisément ses limites.
Ainsi, dans le respect thématique d' un style, naissent des pièces originales, toniques, claires, non répétitives, dont la conception sérielle n'interdit ni les audace, ni l'agrément visuel.
Cet univers se ponctue en formes lovées, ramassées, énergétiques...
Un hommage à la vitalité humaine et féminine. Elle s'émancipe en lancées linéaires de ballerines animent l'espace, ou encore amoncelle des reliefs souple, terriens, identifiant en matières premières diverses qualités de bronze...
Dociles et bien envisagées, les couleurs enrichissent le métal provoquant fantaisies apparentes, favorisant la lecture colorée et la modification volumétrique, grâce ou jeu tonal le bronze conserve souvent brillance et sa chaleur industrielle.
Cet art dégage savant, spirituel se fonde les équilibres formels et chromatiques, sur la densité des masses et l'importance des ouvertures.
Ne craignant ni la figuration ni l'abstraction, souvent mêlées, l'expression rend hommage à l'amour, à la vie. Le tridimensionnel impose sa présence en vue virtuosité modern qui jamais rompt avec la classicisme. Il joue l'évolution, l'analyse et le développement de pulsions multiples...
Dans la tradition de la recherche et toujours avec élégance.
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