Londonart is proud to feature the hidden gems of the North Cornish coast, keenly sought out and rendered with dynamic energy by talented artist Tony Minnion. Exhibiting widely across Cornwall and the rest of the UK, The landscape holds much fascination for Tony Minnion and he introduces us to little known places seen from unique vantage points. These are lovingly portrayed in a variety of media with a deft, practised hand that seems to knows its way around rugged, vertiginous cliffs, caves and crags.
Tony Minnion's engaged, singleminded inquiry into this aspect of the natural world, the hidden, rarer parts of the Cornish Coast is clear to see in the sheer diversity of imagery he produces. A single cliff face or cave is worked with such intensity that one imagines him sitting there for hours, yet he works at speed, defying the tides. These quaint Cornish spots such as Sally's Bottom and Samphire Island definitely suggest a future visit and rock, sea and sky are rendered with the enquiring eye of someone who obviously loves nature.
Vital, powerful, energetic and unique his landscapes capture and articulate the primal forces that shaped our natural heritage. He has discoveredthe hidden paths of surfers, a and sea anglers and this means that he paints from an impressive landscape sometimes overlooked by other artists. The scale, height and drama of the cliffs and rugged charm of the coastline, that can be seen in the distance from his Redruth studio, are captured at speed using an ingenious combination of materials, marks, gestures and a sharp and perceptive eye.
Tony switched to paint from textiles in 2010 and subsequently, following a fast track of frenzied development, a distinctive sweeping free style has emerged that confidently captures the extremes of space and distance, light and dark and plummeting depth that he is drawn to paint. Shoreline and cliff face are portrayed with complex, abstracted textures and heightened colour revealing hidden recesses and openings that suggest gateways to other worlds – pathways leading deeper into the painting and further into the animate heart of the landscape.