Anthony Green is widely acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading contemporary artists. Having trained at the Slade School of Fine Art in London during the late 1950s, he won a French Government Scholarship in 1960 and went to live and paint in Paris for two years) Later he was awarded the Harkness Fellowship and worked from 1967-69 in the United States, first in Leonia, New Jersey and then in Altadena, California. Since then he has held over 70 one-man shows all over the world and was elected to the UK’s prestigious Royal Academy in 1977. Anthony Green’s works appear in many of the world’s great public collections including London’s Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum and National Portrait Gallery, Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon and the Metropolitan Museums of Art in New York and Tokyo (to name but a few).
Resurrection is an autobiographical pictorial sculpture that not only depicts the life and history of the artist and members of his extended family but also illustrates Anthony Green’s profound confidence in the knowledge that the gates of paradise are open to all. The work includes scenes from his childhood and his difficult relationship with his father, later resolved; his marriage to Mary, fellow-artist and constant inspiration for his paintings; the sadness of the birth of a stillborn daughter and the joy of two more much-loved girls; incidents from his long career as an artist and family man; fond,funny and moving portraits of various aunts, uncles and cousins. Finally, his father-in-law (whose simple faith well qualifies him to place the signal to ‘Go’) directs the entire family through the gates of heaven on a train, ably assisted by the artist’s scientist daughter
The work has instant appeal because of its figurative and colourful style, but at the same time there is much to be found in contemplating its deeper message of eternal life through Christian faith in resurrection. It took over three years to complete.