Butch Anthony

(Pensacola, Florida, 1963 - )

Fall on your Knees and Pray


Acrylic and found portrait on canvas with hand stitching

60 x 60 in. (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Collection of the Akron Art Museum

Museum Acquisition Fund


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Anthony’s self-defined art concept incorporates his distinctly Southern Gothic sensibility with found antique photographs, taxidermy and the artist’s embellishments of painted bones, skeletal figures and humorous or ironic hand-painted phrases. He explains that intertwangleism "is how I look at people and break them down to their primordial beginnings. Almost like x-ray vision, seeing through a person’s clothes, through their skin, and muscles and veins and bones, even their shadow.” Inspired largely by anatomical models and illustrations where various parts of the body are extrapolated in diagrams, Anthony’s intertwangleized portraits impose underlying bone structures onto antique portraits he purchases at thrift stores and flea markets. Discarded by their former owners, the portraits depict muted, stiff and nameless sitters that Anthony embellishes with paint and found objects, often incorporating humorous phrases and symbols. Created in 2014, this artwork represents Anthony’s varied approach to his intertwangleized portraits. Disassemble is displayed in a vintage ornate frame in Anthony’s signature style, and features a found charcoal double portrait of a couple that Anthony has superimposed with a found photograph, paint and other materials, including eggshells that recall the smooth whiteness of bone. Fall on Your Knees and Pray is a large, multimedia painting representative of Anthony’s eclectic approach, combining traditional materials such as paint on canvas with a found portrait and hand stitching.

Found objects
Self Taught