ANTHONY AMOS 1950 – 2010
UNSEEN AND UNSUNG
These wonderful paintings bring to life images from the past, recording the hardship of human endeavour and endurance - of men and women working on the land and at sea, often unseen and always unsung; of majestic rusting hulls lying in dock waiting for repairs; of fishing fleets returning home after long hard days at sea; of the golden age of sail giving way to the new era of steam and progress.
Born in Bristol, Amos spent almost twenty five years at sea, working on every type of boat possible, but always drawing and sketching. A fellow crewman recalls “When Tony was on night watch he would create these wonderful paintings on the mess table. Then he'd wash it all off before breakfast!”
A truly modest man, he was quite unaware of his raw, natural talent and the effect his paintings had on people. It is only now, years after his death, that his work is becoming hugely collectable and he is gaining the recognition he so richly deserves.
Unseen and Unsung is on at The Brownston Gallery from 14th to 29th September.