Total Abstraction, an exhibition of work by Anthony Hansen, opens tonight at The Sweet Gallery in Naples. Hansen is known for stunning large scale abstract paintings that inspire, comfort and challenge.
Anthony started his art career in 1968 in Washington D.C. winning top honors in a show at Walter Reed Medical Center. President Nixon and President Clinton have Anthony’s paintings in their collections. In 1974, he started building large movable sculptures and sculptural homes. His sculptures can be viewed around the world and two of his homes were featured in Woody Allen’s movie Sleeper. Anthony’s background in construction and art in numerous countries has made him aware of how art in public places is not only an asset to the buildings, but also to the communities where they are displayed.
Anthony’s education includes a BA and BFA degree from Kansas State University. In addition, Anthony attended the University of Colorado to work on his MFA degree in sculptures. His work is in the corporate collection of Xerox and several universities and private collections all over the world.
His amazing one-man show includes a retrospective as well and new works never shown before.
Total Abstraction caps off a big month for The Sweet Gallery. Last weekend, the gallery participated in its first Art Naples Contemporary Art Fair in the Naples International Pavilion in North Naples. One of only three local galleries to participate in the internationally-flavored contemporary art show, The Sweet Gallery left its imprint on the fair with work by sculptors Marton Varo and Dennis Elliott and paintings by Bobby Goldsboro and Clemente C. Mimun.
Varo became a local celebrity of mythic proportions during the three years he toiled at Ava Maria carving a 35 foot tall by 31 foot wide sculpture of the Virgin Mary and Archangel Gabriel out of 15 blocks of Carrara marble weighing more than 70 tons when he started, and 54 tons when they were hoisted into place on the facade of the University’s oratory. Examples of his classically-inspired nudes and abstract work dominated the Quail West VIP room, where festival-goers sipped champagne and noshed hors d’oeuvres throughout the 5-day contemporary art extravaganza.
Goldsboro is a world-class painter who enjoyed a highly successful music career that started out in the early sixties, when Bobby was a guitarist with the legendary Roy Orbison. During his three years with Orbison, he traveled all over the world and even toured with the Beatles. In 1964, he ventured out on his own, recording See the Funny Little Clown, the first of a string of 16 top-40 hits. He made the Billboard charts with 29 consecutive singles. More million-selling hits followed, setting the stage for his 1968 classic, Honey, which became the largest-selling record in the world. Watching Scotty Grow was 1971’s No. 1 Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary hit and his recordings of Little Green Apples and With Pen in Hand also became classics. Now pursuing his lifelong passion, Goldsboro has quickly gained a reputation as an elite painter among both music fans and art lovers alike.
Wood sculptor Dennis Elliott also has a musical background. Between 1975 and 1993, he was the drummer for the mega-rock band Foreigner. Elliott now crafts turned burl wood vessels, wall hangings and kinetically-infused 3-D sculptures that engage viewers interactively.
The Sweet Gallery is located at 2054 Trade Center Way in Naples. The gallery is hosting a reception tonight from 6-8 p.m. to mark the opening of Total Abstraction. For more information about Anthony Hansen, Total Abstraction or the gallery, please visit www.TheSweetGallery.com or telephone 239-597-2110.