Butch Anthony

(Pensacola, Florida, 1963 - )

North America, American

A self-taught artist, builder and picker of things, Anthony resides on his family's 80-acre rural Alabama property in a home he built by hand. As a teen, Anthony discovered a dinosaur bone in a creek. This earned him a scholarship to Auburn University, where he studied zoology and geology. While in college, Anthony enrolled in a comparative anatomy class that laid a foundation for his use of veins and bones in his current work. Anthony began creating and selling artwork in various media, including collage, assemblage, painting and drawing, in the early 1990s. He maintains his own Museum of Wonder as well as a drive-through gallery in Seale, and has organized multiple festivals on his own property. In 2002, Anthony was invited to create Alabama state’s unique ornament for The White House Christmas tree. His work, activities as a picker, home and way of life have generated a significant following of Butch Anthony enthusiasts, and has received coverage on popular outlets including the TV series “American Pickers.” In addition to Anthony’s popular and folk appeal, his work has been has been featured in numerous exhibitions in the United States and London. He is represented by Black Rat Projects, London, and his work is found in collections in the U.S., Canada, Amsterdam, Germany, England, Australia and New Zealand.


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