Anthony Record is an artist, curator, and educator, and he has been the Curator of the Museum of Florida Art and Culture since 2022. From 2018-2022 he was the Studio Programs Coordinator at the Tampa Museum of Art. From 2009-2018 he was a professor of art and art history, and his art has been exhibited internationally at galleries and museums in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Kanazawa, Vancouver, and elsewhere. He is the Co-Founder of the artist cooperative gallery QUAID, located in Tampa, FL since 2014.
“I transform spontaneous and meditative sketches into bulky complex compositions that exist in the liminal space between the representational and nonrepresentational. I strive to make things that are organically hyper-ambiguous and multistable to provide opportunities for viewers to exercise their perceptual equipment and interpretive dexterity, and my painting is an art of interruption that gives form to the searching and restless qualities of contemporary consciousness as it has evolved online. My palette and sense of structure come from what I’ve learned from Chinese landscape painting, tonalist landscape painting in America, 1930s animation, early digital painting software, and the natural landscape. I am particularly drawn to the primordial forms suggested by the kudzu-covered trees that spill over the forest lines that border the highways where I live in Florida. Those ambiguous and otherworldly forms, reminiscent of the birth of galaxies and the end of civilization, suggest to me simultaneously an image of the distant past and the distant future. My paintings share many formal qualities with this kind of emergent organic growth as a way of creating stronger connections to the natural environment, and to engage with the sublime dread of deep time that it represents – as inscrutable ghosts from the haunted history of the land, and as grim heralds of climate change echoing out into our everyday lives."
2008 Master of Fine Art, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2006 Bachelor of Art, Studio Art, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL