QUESTION & ANSWER WITH TONY SOUTH
Q: Why do I paint what I paint?
A: Hmmm, I guess I liken my themes to a clearing out of the loft or maybe a garage sale, a convergence of "mind garbage" collected over many years daydreaming.
Q: Are there any details that have an important significance in Britannia revisited
A: Yes, the Union Jack/flag and the Triumph motorcycle were once symbols of an industrious and thriving British empire.The monkey in the Britannia attire marks the devolution of these symbols and an ending of an era, for better or worse!
Q: What do you hope the viewer takes away from your work
A: A lighter wallet would be good...In all seriousness though, if the viewer walks away and remembers the painting weeks/months or years later then I couldn't ask for more.
Q: What is your dream project?
A: As a young man I used to dream of my drawings/ paintings adorning the album covers of my favourite rock bands, I remember sending stuff to Thin Lizzy etc when I was around 13/14 years old...to no avail though. Album covers were also a big inspiration for me starting out, holding artists Roger Dean, Jim FitzPTrick, Frazetta and Vallejo in high esteem.
Q: If you can see your work hanging in one museum/collection which would it be?
A: I don't mind really where my works hang, as long as the owners enjoy it and still get a kick from it.
BIOGRAPHY - Anthony Waichulis B. 1972
Waichulis began his academic artistic training in Northeast Pennsylvania at 14. His first few years of art education were well rounded under the guidance of Judith Hatcher and eventually the diverse staff of Instructors at The Luzerne County Community college in Nanticoke. His college years would provide significant inspirations that resulted in a vast amount of attention both regionally and afar. His first one-man exhibit would end up a near sell out within one hour of its opening; a strong foreshadowing of the reception his work would receive across the nation and beyond.
By continuing his education at The Schuler School of Fine Arts in Maryland, Waichulis would meet some of the most respected artists in their field. The school was founded by nationally renowned portrait artist Ann Schuler, who had served as assistant to Jaques Maroger, former Director of Restoration at the Louvre. A brilliant faculty offered a wide spectrum of expertise that would add new dimension to Waichulis' endeavors. Baltimore would also receive his work with resounding interest, allowing his Trompe L'oeil paintings to become highly prized by knowledgeable collectors from across the country and abroad. It was at this time Waichulis thought of returning to Northeast Pennsylvania to continue to pursue his work in the region in which it began.
In 1997, Anthony opened the doors of his own studio in his Pennsylvania hometown. It was this Atelier, The Waichulis Studio (TWS) that would become responsible for training some of the most celebrated realist artists today. TWS would quickly become one of the most respected Representational apprenticeship studios in the United States. In 2010, Anthony’s highly successful educational efforts caught the attention of a newly forming entity with aspirations for an educational effort on a global scale. This new entity, The Ani Art Academies, was the brainchild of Mr. Tim Reynolds, co-founder of a thriving Wall Street trading firm, passionate artist, patron of the arts, and founder of The Tim Reynolds Foundation. Mr. Reynolds’ vision was to create a non-profit effort that would provide an intensive multi-year art skills education to aspiring artists around the world. In 2011 The Waichulis Studio merged with the Ani Art Academies project to form the domestic flagship of the Ani project: The Ani Art Academy Waichulis.
Today, Anthony continues to grow his craft at the Ani Art Academy Waichulis. He has exhibited in many of the most respected venues throughout the country including the Arnot Art Museum, the Washington Museum of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, the Midwest Museum of American Art and the Orlando Museum of Art. Anthony's works continue to appear regularly in top national publications such as The Artist's Magazine, American Art Collector, and Fine Art Connoisseur. His efforts have garnered top honors in nearly every prestigious national and international competition held today including The Artist's magazine's Annual Competition and the Art Renewal Center's International Salon Competition. In January 2006, Anthony became the first Trompe L'oeil painter to be granted Living Master status with The Art Renewal Center.
"My painting efforts still remain as steadfast and focused today as they have when my journey began. I continue to teach and lecture privately, at academic institutions, and various art associations throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. My desire to learn and grow as an effective Representational Trompe L'oeil painter remains unfettered. I aspire to honor those I follow and strive to give benefit to those who may one day follow me." -Anthony Waichulis
1995-1997 Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Md.
1992-1994 Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, Pa.
1986-1992 The Art Hatchery, Bear Creek, Pa.
2014 Heroes, Villains, Myths and Legends, Rehs Contemporary, NY, NY
2014 Small Works, Big Ideas, Mainstreets Galleries, PA
2014 Still Life, Floral and Trompe L'Oeil, John Pence Gallery, CA
2013 The Big Gamble, Rehs Contemporary, NY, NY
2013, Still Life, John Pence Gallery, CA
2013 Capturing Realism 2013, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2013 Recent Arrivals, John Pence Gallery, CA
2013 Contemporary Realism, Gallery 1261, Denver, CO
2012 RESOLVE, Joshua Liner Gallery, NY, NY
2012 Contemporary American Realism, Beijing World Art Museum, Beijing, China
2012 Contemporary American Realism, Dalian Modern Museum, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China
2012 Will Wilson Curates, John Pence Gallery, CA
2012 Still Life and Trompe L'oeil, John Pence Gallery, CA
2012 Persons of Interest, John Pence Gallery, CA
2012 Holiday Exhibition, John Pence Gallery, CA
2012 ACOPAL Contemporary American Realism, Butler Institute, OH
2011 Trompe L'oeil, John Pence Gallery, CA
2011 Capturing Realism 2011, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2011 Los Angeles Art Experience, Majestic Halls, San Marino Gallery, CA
2011 ACOPAL Contemporary American Realism, National Arts Club, NYC
2011 Size Matters, John Pence Gallery, CA
2011 Recent Acquisitions, John Pence Gallery, CA
2010 Art Basel Miami, The San Marino Gallery, CA
2010 Eat, Drink, and be Merry, John Pence Gallery, CA
2010 Without a Trace, The Orlando Museum of Art, FL
2009 Capturing Realism 2009, Pauly Friedman Gallery, Dallas, PA
2009 Small Works, John Pence Gallery, CA
2009 Desired Effects, The Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2009 Trompe L'oeil, John Pence Gallery, CA
2009 Explosion of Blooms, San Marino Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2009 Possessions, John Pence Gallery, CA
2008 Summer in San Francisco, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2008 Recent Works of The Waichulis Studio, San Marino Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2008 Realism Invitational feat.The Waichulis Studio, Atlanta Art Gallery, GA
2008 New's Year's Group Exhibit, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2007 Trompe L'oeil, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2007 The Waichulis Studio '07, San Marino Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2007 Small Still Lifes, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2006 Waichulis and Company, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2006 Interiors, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2005 Summer in San Francisco, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2005 Paint what you want, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2005 Valentines, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2004 Trompe L'oeil, John Pence Gallery, San Fran, CA
2004 Summer in San Francisco, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
2004 World Miniaturists Exhibit, Smithsonian Institute, Wash. D.C.
2004 Allegories, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
2003 Self Portraits, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
2003 Summer in San Francisco, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
2003 Re-Presenting Representationalism, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira,NY
2002 Still Lifes, Florals and Interiors, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
2002 L.A. Art Exhibition, Barkar Hanger, Santa Monica,CA
2002 Summer in San Francisco, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
2001 Three Points of View, John Pence Gallery, San Fran.,CA
2000 Still Lifes and Florals, John Pence Gallery, San Fran,CA
1999 The Trompe L'Oeil Tradition, John Pence Gallery, San Francisco,CA
1998 The Butler Institute of American Art, Salem, OH
1998 Washington Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown,MD
1998 Johns Hopkins University, Evergreen House, Baltimore,MD
1998 Midwest Museum of American Art, Elkhart,IN
1997 20 North Gallery, Toledo, OH
1996-1999 Bendann Art Galleries, Towson,MD
1995 The Masters Studio and Gallery, Northeast,MD
1993-1994 The Atelier School and Gallery, Dorrance,PA
1992-1994 Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke,PA
1987 Wyoming Valley Art League, Wilkes-Barre,PA
2010-present Áni Art Academy Waichulis, Head Instructor, Wilkes-Barre, PA
2010-present Áni Art Academies, Program Designer
2009-2010 Scranton Area Foundation's PA Partners in the Arts Program Panel
2010-present America China Oil Painting Artists League (ACOPAL) Honorary Member
1997-2010 The Waichulis Studio, Head Instructor, Mountain Top,PA
1997-2007 Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke,PA
2000-2002 Wyoming Valley Art Association, Painting Instructor, Kingston,PA
2000/2001 Trompe L'oeil and The Illusion of Form (Lectures)
The Wyoming Valley Art League, PA
The Hazelton Art League. PA
1994-95 Atelier School and Gallery, Dorrance,PA
Publications/Misc. Published Awards
2014 Suggested Donation with Tony Curnaj and Ted Minoff. Air date 7-14-14
2014 American Art Collector - March. "Heroes, Villains, Myths and Legends"
2014 Ani Art Academies Language of Painting Vol. IV-VII DVD
2013 American Art Collector - March. "Contemporary Realism – Gallery 1261”
2013 American Art Collector - April. "The Big Gamble”
2012 American Art Collector - Sept. "Championing Realism”
2012 Ani Art Academies Language of Drawing Vol. III DVD
2012 8th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Finalist/Honors
2011 American Painting Video Magazine – Fall – Vol. II
2011 American Art Collector - Oct. "Trompe L'oeil"
2011 WVIA's Art Scene with Erika Funke - Orig. Air date 11-16-11
2011 Ani Art Academies Language of Drawing Vol. II DVD
2011 7th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Top 100 Finalists Still Life
2010 Star Wars Visions - Abrams Publishing, J.W. Rinzler and George Lucas
2010 Ani Art Academies Language of Drawing Vol. I DVD
2010 American Artist Drawing Magazine - Fall issue "Focusing on the Edge"
2010 WWNY TV 7 News - Carthage Central Visiting Artist - March 29
2010 YNN News - Carthage Central Visiting Artist - March 30th - Brian Dwyer
2010 6th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Top 100 Finalists Still Life
2010 American Art Collector - Feb. "Beyond the Frame-Trompe L'oeil Today"
2009 WVIA's Art Scene with Erika Funke - Orig. Air date 11-19-09
2009 The Waichulis Studio Drawing Clinic: First Steps DVD
2009 The Artist's Magazine - July/August "Value Perception"
2009 American Art Collector - July "Small Gems"
2009 American Art Collector - January "Power of Illusion"
2009 5th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Top 100 Finalists Still Life
2008 The Artist's Magazine - December "Success Via Simplicity"
2008 The Artist's Magazine - November "Don't Sweat the Details"
2008 The Artist's Magazine - July/Aug issue "Towards a Flawless Finish"
2008 4th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition First Place Still Life
2008 4th Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Top 100 Finalists Still Life
2008 Art Kudos 2008 International Competition Finalist
2008 The Artist's Magazine - 2008 Finalist National Competition
2007 The Westsider, "Realistic Dreamer", December
2007 The Artist's Magazine - Sept. "Now you see it..."
2007 The Artist's Magazine - 2007 Finalist National Competition
2007 Fine Art Connoisseur - August "Artists Making Their Mark"
2007 Art Kudos 2007 International Competition Finalist
2007 American Art Collector - April "Trompe L'oeil Invitational"
2007 American Art Collector - May End Cover
2007 The Artist's Magazine - 2007 All Media Competition Hon. Mention Oils
2007 Illusion Art (Art of the Wall Series) - Jane Bingham 2007
2007 3rd Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Hon. Mention Still Life
2007 3rdArt Renewal Center Salon Competition Finalist Still Life
2006 The Artist's Magazine - 2006 Finalist National Competition
2006 The International Economy - Summer 2006 Feature Illustration.
2006 American Artist Magazine - Online Artist of the Month July 2006
2006 American Art Collector - February "Anthony Waichulis
2006 Art Renewal Center - January 2006 awarded Living Master
2006 The Artists Magazine - February "20 Under 40"
2006 The Conscious Reader - 10th edition - Pearson Longman
2005 The Artist's Magazine - December 2005 Hon. Mention Still Life
2005 2nd Art Renewal Center Salon Competition 3rd Place Still Life
2005 2nd Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Hon. Mention Still Life
2005 2nd Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Finalist Still Life
2004 The Artist's Magazine - December 1st Place Still Life
2004 Art-Talk "Mastery Triumphant in San Fran" - April
2004 Art Renewal Center Salon Competition Hon. Mention in Still Life
2003 to present The Artists' Bluebook - Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Ed).
2003 The Artist's Magazine - December 2003 Finalist National Competition
2002 ArtNews, "Reviews" December
2002 Southwest Art "Best of the West: New Mexico" March
2001 Nob Hill Gazette COVER IMAGE April
2001 to present Davenport's Art Reference
2000 Artist Magazine, "The Best Art of 2000" December 2000
2000 Still Life 3rd Place Artist Magazine National Competition
1999 The Artist's Magazine December 1999 Finalist National Competition
1999 American Art Review April
1998 American Artist “Baltimore Realists” June
1995 Luzerne County Community College Foundation Design Award
1995 Impressions Sept/Oct Vol.2, Issue 2
Anthony Waichulis - B. 1972
Oil on panel
7 x 5 inches