Born 1953, Camperdown, NSW
An extraordinary, larger-than-life artist, Anthony Mannix lives and works at Blackheath in the Blue Mountains of NSW. Found objects of importance are all grist to the mill for Mannix, along with paper, canvas, board and wood, Chinese inks, acrylic and gouache, felt-tip pens, varnish, muslin cloth, pencils, metal, solder, scrap timber, draftsman’s patterns, oxides, nuts, bolts and fulcrums.
His artistic output over the last twenty-five years has documented the landscape of psychosis and the unconscious. It involves an intuitive invention of cultural anthropology to create some order of the plethora of hallucinations, visions, spirits, ghosts, apparitions, and creatures that populate an altered perspective. Anthony Mannix’s role is to be a documenter, and to some degree a translator, of these strange occurrences.
Mannix has learnt the trade himself: patterns, designs and artefacts he observes in all worlds go to form a network of techniques. Anthony Mannix is widely exhibited nationally and internationally.
Portrait of Adolf Hitler on the way to the flophouse 1991; mixed media on Kraft paper; 36.5 x 31cm Courtesy the artist
Why did you give me this gigantic bloody… 1989; ink, pen, silverfish on paper; 38 x 28cm; Courtesy the artist
Portrait of Itor Pluravit 2006; Chinese ink on rice paper; 64 x 40cm; Courtesy the artist
The not so friendly household guardian 2002; Chinese ink, industrial paint on rice paper; 137 x 40cm; Courtesy the artist
Artery 1996; mixed media artist book; 35.5 x 28 x 7cm; Courtesy the artist