Between Two Worlds
Thierry continues on a path that he opened in his last show at Studio Gallery, letting figurative elements enter his abstract work. In some paintings he is going all the way to an almost “realistic” representation. After more than a decade of pure abstraction, he experiences this new phase with curiosity.
“This is new for me, a little like standing between two worlds, says Thierry, the inner and the outer, the visible and the invisible – our human condition. It is an intriguing and wonderful opportunity to explore other facets of the language of painting”.
The Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital and the Ansonia Copper & Brass factory shaped the lives of countless Americans over many decades. Now the hospital and the factory are silent, abandoned, revealing themselves by the pale light that streams through broken windows and missing doors.
Anthes's photographs hint at the lives and deaths of the people who passed through these places, their triumphs and disappointments, their everyday working lives. “I created these images as a tribute to the brave patients and dedicated staff at the hospital, and to the tireless metal workers at the brass factory,” Anthes says. “I look at these scenes and wonder what has become of all these people.”
Inspired by a landscape photograph and the rhythms of nature I have used collage and oil paint to develop abstract themes of color and movement.