Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Anthony Stern: Art Glass "Seascapes"

Anthony Stern's passion for a synthesis of image and music led to his discovery of glass and the healing possibilities of color. The thread that unites his work in glass and film is a manipulation of transparent material that records movement.

Stern was first exposed to glass as a child via a collection of antique glass marbles from Czechoslovakia. He grew up in Cambridge and experimented with music and painting.  He had his first exhibition of paintings with Syd Barrett in 1963. While studying English and History of Art at Cambridge University he was introduced to filmmaking by Peter Whitehead. He directed experimental non-linear films, most notably "San Francisco" which decades later has been included in exhibitions at Tate Liverpool and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In addition to his body of work which encapsulates the psychology of the psychedelia movement, Stern travelled to Afghanistan in 1971 and made a impressionistic documentary entitled the "Noon Gun." The film was re-edited in 2004 and premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival the same year.

The Cinémathèque Française in Paris hosted a retrospective of Stern's films in June 2008. 

Stern is perhaps most widely and notably known for the "Seascapes" he creates as wonderful one-off glass pieces, which take on the form of practical vases. The talent he possesses to describe such detail and sublime form in an abstract and technically difficult medium is second to none. HRH Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Elton John, the Saudi Royal Family, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Barclays Bank are all famous collectors of his work.

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