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Hi all, anyone in the NY, NJ area that might be interested I have an upcoming solo show at the Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge NJ:

The Barron Art Center Hosts “Transformations: The Art of Anthony Santella” 
September 6-25, 2014     
Artist’s Reception:  September 11, 2014 7-9pm

Woodbridge, New Jersey–The Barron Arts Center presents “Transformations: The Art of Anthony Santella.”  The exhibit runs September 6-25, 2014 with a reception Thursday, September 11, 2014 ~ 7-9pm. Light refreshments will be available. 

Transformation is an unavoidable, often unwelcome part of existence. Children become adults. Friends become lovers. Lovers become strangers. The young become old. The living pass into legend.  These transformations are reflected in the tales and myths we tell to understand life through symbols. Humans become plants. Animals become human. Strangers come, bearing burdens of change.  We find ourselves in thin places where lines blur between the visible and the spirit worlds.

My work has always been informed by a fascination with these myths, legends and visions. 

My sculptural work draws on the embodiment of these myths in the ritual woodcarving of medieval Europe, Africa and Pacific Northwest indigenous culture. These traditions depict powerful spiritual beings in stylized human form. In adapting these forms to modern figures and concerns I want to challenge the viewer to see their daily decisions and trials, the transformations they cause and endure in the light of epic myth.

My two dimensional work draws on medieval religious imagery and classic illustrations of legends and fairytales.  By placing mythic figures and surreal anomalies in modern contexts I want to question our faith in the reality of the waking world, its rules, and the primacy of its values: pleasure, power, control. Perhaps instead when we face the incomprehensible and die, bit by bit, sacrifice by sacrifice, we are most truly alive.

This work is the result of explorations of the themes of myth, identity and transformation over two decades of my career as an artist. It is a record of constant transformations, gradual and violent within art and life. At its best art is a tool that helps us face reality. In the body of work here I have tried to challenge the viewer and myself to see reality through new eyes.



anthony santella
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I'm a painter and sculptor, and computer science researcher. My work is inspired by a wide range of influences, particularly ritual woodcarving from around the world.

"This is just life; it's not to be cried over, just understood..."
Ralph Ellison


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El-Mercurio Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! I have just finished my first wood carving but it's nothing like you do! You are inspiring!!
krackl3 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi :D
You have been feature in :iconexpressionimpression: mainpage !
Have a nice day :leetcrab:
goodeggproductions Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
You have some amazing talent.
Sannainen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Great carvings!!
Sloppygee Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic gallery of work! ...they make me a little sad though.
LabyrinthCreations Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
your work featured here [link]
SarnaDzie Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery!
kataiya Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
your sculptures are so beautiful
Ampty Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2010
So wonderful skulpture! Inspiring things
WanderingFish Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
lovely art from a lovely man!
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