Today we explore the artwork of emerging artist Anthony Swartwood. Anthony studied at the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute in Utica, New York and also earned a degree in Fine Art/Computer Graphics from Broome Community College. These days Tony calls the Tampa Bay area of Florida his home.
After working successfully as a commercial artist in Tampa for many years, he is now devoting his full energy to developing his clientele in the Tampa Bay area.
The old Tampa Theatre and other paintings of Tampa Bay
Tony often paints the buildings and landscapes of the Tampa Bay area. Check out the slide show included in this article to view a sampling of his artwork. You may recognize the “Crosstown over Kennedy” when you browse these impressive images.
The photo featured in the upper left-hand corner of this article is a snapshot of his work entitled, “Tampa Theatre” – a piece which captures the old building as many in the area may remember it.
Anthony Swartwood displays at various Tampa Bay art shows and venues
Displaying his works in various Tampa area art shows and venues, Tony won first place at a Tampa Bay Realistic Artists’ show that featured his cityscape, “Deep Downtown” (see slide show). This piece illustrates the downtown Tampa hardscape in towering stature against a visitor below.
The blue-grey tones, reflections and shadows capture the mood of a desolate city street and suggests that the rain has just deluged the horizontal surfaces – leaving a hint of water and mist in the air. Almost haunting in presentation, Tony reminds us of how lonely the city streets can be when they are void of greenery and relegated to only concrete and brick.
Showing another side of his talent, you will find that Tony is also an accomplished mural artist. Explore his amazing manatee mural or majestic seascape – the color and technique are incredible.
Mr. Swartwood’s use of light and shadow brings a style of realism that draws the viewer to his artwork every time. Whether a hard cityscape or a luminous water scene – each mural holds the beauty of perfectly selected color combinations as well as impeccable composition.
Where to view the artwork
If you are lucky enough to live in the Tampa Bay area, you might catch Tony at one of the many local art exhibits or you can visit his online gallery at:
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