Piece description from the artist
Social commentary has been an interest of mine for quite some time. Whether it be movies, books, music or other artistic media, all have a resounding effect on my work. The messages in my paintings are visual metaphors for my experiences in modern life. All of my work has social messages woven into the concept and visual structure of the images.
Dichotomies are especially important to the foundation of my work. Old and new, beautiful and ugly or good and evil all get fused physically and conceptually in my pieces.
The process in which I create my art is much like developing a riddle… start with the answer and work backwards. I begin with the final product then figure out how to make it happen. I take elements I’ve drawn, sculpted or photographed and scan them into the computer. Once in the computer, I bring them all together and merge them into one cohesive image. Once I’m happy with my composition, they are then printed with fully archival materials, mounted on board and then finished in oils. The frames used to display the work are salvaged antique and vintage frames. They are either distressed, re-beautified, painted or left in existing condition based on the look I desire.
Anthony Granato has self-diagnosed ‘Art ADD.’ He describes it as an intense love for all art; painting, photography, drawing, print-making, sculpting and digital graphics. He would call his own work mixed media, though he truly considers himself a painter.
Granato is a Utah native and attended Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR, earning a BFA in Illustration with a split minor in Graphic Design and Painting. He says his 'Art ADD' began at the age of 5, when his childhood doodling was influenced by lessons in perspective from his father. Dichotomies are especially important to the foundation of Anthony's work, with old and new, beautiful and ugly or good and evil all being fused physically and conceptually into the pieces.
Anthony’s work has been featured in "In This Week Magazine":http://www.nowsaltlake.com/nightlife, "The City Weekly Magazine":http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/event-80399-anthony-granato-new-works.html, and the "Salt Lake City Tribune":http://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=12866830&itype=storyID&keyword=anthony+granato&sdate=2010-09-10&edate=2011-09-10&qtype=all.