Talented Dublin artist showcases at Art Source

by Rachel Cunningham
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A Dublin artist whose oil paintings can take as long as a year and a half to dry will be showcased at Ireland’s premier art fair Art Source at the RDS.

Due to the to the drying time on the multiple layers that make up Anthony Wigglesworth’s paintings, he will be showing some pieces that were completed in 2019. 

“In contrast, I used to spend maybe 50 or 60 hours working on an ink painting and by the end of the week, it would be done,” said Anthony. 

Returning to Art Source for the first time since 2016, his career has flourished in the past few years, where he became the youngest artist to exhibit in New York’s Sylvia Wald and Po Kim gallery. 

His process demands patience, which is perhaps why he can so often be found gardening. Anthony says that his love for the natural world, whether it’s his garden or the sea, feeds into his art. 

His pieces at Art Source will incorporate influences from the physical horizon of Dun Laoghaire’s coast. 

“I’m very inspired by nature. Living down by the coast for years in Dun Laoghaire overlooking the pier and observing the different weather systems rolling in across the sea was just amazing,” he said. 

“There’s something about the colours and the manner in which you can expand your mind by observing a horizon. 

When he isn’t immersed in nature, he is enjoying his other passion of music and he even completed a master’s in Music and Media Technology in Trinity College Dublin in 2013, shortly before he began pursuing art professionally. 

He describes his process as consisting of construction and deconstruction, layering and scraping back layers. His approach to his artistic career seems to follow a similar pattern, switching between and blending his interests in music, painting and his appreciation for the natural world. 

Art Source will take place at the RDS, from November 11-13

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