(World War II spanned artist William Anthony's boyhood fro...)
World War II spanned artist William Anthony's boyhood from ages 7 to 11, and the child was fascinated by every aspect of the conflict as it was relayed to him through letters, newspapers and comic books. In War Is Swell, the adult Anthony reenacts this innocent experience of war in his raw signature style drawings, unfiltered and untempered by political correctness. A testament to childhood enthusiasm and a harrowing glimpse into the mechanics of propaganda and ignorance. Dimension: 12 x 9 inches, 112 b&w drawings.
He attended Yale University, getting his undergraduate degree in history and serving as a senior editor for campus humor magazine The Yale Record. In 1958 and 1961 he attended the Art Students League of New New York
While attending Yale, he took a series of art classes, including one taught by Josef Albers. After graduating from Yale he went to California, where his family had moved and attended the San Francisco Art Institute. In 1962 he began teaching drawing at a commercial art school in San Francisco and developed a method of drawing that resulted in the book A New Approach to Figure Drawing.
In 1964 he returned to New New York
From 1977 to 1978 he created illustrations for Interview and published another book called Bible Stories. His work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Artist
Anthony"s work has recently been shown at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York City. His most recent exhibition of which was highly influenced by the work of Picasso.
Author: A New Approach to Figure Drawing, 1965, Bible Stories, 1978, Bill Anthony's Greatest Hits, 1988, War is Swell, 2000. Exhibited in one-man shows: Legion of Honor, San Francisco, 1962, Cokkie Snoie Gallery, Rotterdam, 1995, 99, Dorfman Gallery, New York City, 2002, 04, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen, 2004, Christopher Henry Gallery, New York City, 2009 others. Exhibited in group shows: San Francisco Museum Modern Art, Art Institute Chicago, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, Allan Stone Gallery, New York City, St. Paul Art Center.
Works represented in collections: Art Institute Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Corcoran Gallery Art, Washington, Detroit Institute Arts, Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Metropolitan Museum Art, New York City, Seattle Art Museum, Whitney Museum American Art, New York City, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, Museum Modern Art, New York City, others.
Served with United States Army, 1953-1955.
Married Norma Neuman, January 16, 1983.