Anthony Stevens is a self-taught artist, based in Brighton, UK. Anthony creates bold and engaging hand-embroidered textile collages influenced by his practice of Nichiren Buddhism. Recurring characters and themes include monkeys, ghosts, snakes and skulls. Anthony uses his work as a form of therapy and self expression. Primarily, his work is about expressing and processing trauma and it’s after effects. Stevens is heavily influenced by Buddhism and shines a spotlight on duality, contemplating how we all have a choice in how we perceive and how we deliver behaviours as a form of communication. Each piece has an important personal, social or political message, which Anthony tells with moving insights, generously shared.
Anthony’s work is heavily influenced by his practise of Nichiren Buddhism and chanting ‘Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo’, especially the concept of ‘Nothing is wasted’. This has become manifest in his choosing to work primarily with scrap fabrics. By choosing to do this, he finds himself forced to look creatively and perceive potential in what may seem to be useless and beyond repair. This is in direct correlation with how he strives to perceive his life and experiences. He observes that, as with life, it is sometimes a painstaking and frustrating process, but ultimately he feels joy and satisfaction with the result.
In the past few years, Anthony has had both solo and group shows in London, Brighton and Frankfurt.
Anthony Stevens and Andrew Omoding discuss their joint commission 'Common Threads with Outside In' for HOUSE Biennial in 2017.