SMASH Gallery of Modern Art presents


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September 28th to October 30th, 2012

Opening Friday September 28 at 8 p.m.

Thomas Anfield’s “Prickles and Goo” asks the observer one fundamental ontological question: What constitutes the identity of an object?

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For over 30 years, Vancouver painter Thomas Anfield has been on a journey into the exploration of art itself. Influenced by Italian Mannerism painters like Jacopo da Pontormo, Thomas Anfield’s life’s work is an exploration of the human form, in both time and space.

This body of work titled “Prickles and Goo”, (taken from Zen philosopher Alan Watts’  ‘The Taboo Against Knowing Who you Are’) explores the two side of the human mind and body; the external and the internal, the soft sides and the hard edges.

The External: Abstract and cubist influenced figurative paintings.

The Internal: Explored figurative works of the Invisible University series

What began as a career as one of Vancouver’s best known underground graffiti artists Pablo Fiasco, Thomas Anfiled’s work gained prominence on the Vancouver art scene as being both political and painterly, a feat not easily achieved on the side of a derelict building.

Leaving the name behind, Anfield’s journey continued to New York city, Mexico, Africa and back to Vancouver, always painting, always learning, always challenging both himself and the viewer to engage in the world around us… to examine popular culture, to explore past experience and to push the limits of the flesh.

Thomas Anfield’s  “Prickles and Goo” is an explosion of colour, a journey of technique and a reflection of the power of art.

You are invited to join us for a very special event:

Saturday, September 29th at 2 pm.

A live Butoh painting performance by Thomas Anfield as part for Culture Days 2012.

This body of work is an intimate look into the heart and mind of one of the West Coast’s new Modern Masters