Self-taught as an artist, Anthony Amos’ natural ability for image making is evident through the stunning depiction of his chosen subjects. Amos portrays the physical and often threatening powers of nature and man. His images are of dangerous and dirty work, of never-ending manual labour and incessant repair, typically of worn-out men trying to keep worn out boats afloat. From images of salt-encrusted rusting hulks to the dust and rust of the dry dock, Amos captures the drama and spirit of maritime life.
Born in Bristol in 1950, Amos joined the Merchant Navy at the age of eighteen in search of freedom and adventure. With the return of the SS Great Britain to Bristol Docks in 1970, he embraced the opportunity to assist in the painstaking process of restoring the prized ship to her former glory. This experience lured him into many years of work on commercial ships, most notably tugs and trawlers.
It was not until he was in his forties, after leaving the Merchant Navy in 1984, that he turned to his first love, art. Attending painting courses at Manchester School of Art, Bristol and Cardiff enabled Amos to develop his own style. His practice lasted for some twenty years and during this period he wasted no time in producing stunning and powerful works, drawing from personal experience and memory.