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THE BEGINNING

It all started with a small space adjacent to his bedroom.

The tranquil nights of a neighborhood were dotted with house lights, but one in particular entertained by-passers with the faint silhouette of a painter. Anton was infatuated with his studio and its tattered walls victims of messy experiments.

INSPIRATION

A Houston native,

Anton discovered his passion for art outside the suburbs where he adopted plein air. An agglomeration of representational art, his early work employs dominant colors and textures harmonized with techniques embodied by his idols. Working primarily in oils, Anton admires paint’s versatility and constantly searches for new qualities.

DEVELOPMENT

Yet, this process takes courage.

The blank canvas is humbling, daunting in a way that tests the artist’s maturity. Anton struggled with depiction, struck by an imbalance between promising ideas and hesitant draftsmanship. However, rather than oscillating between the two, he has now learned to embrace his creative mess.

STYLE

Building off an eclectic foundation,

Anton graduated from William P. Clements High School and briefly studied at the Florence Academy of Art. He considers his style a tasting of various genres synthesized into contemporary fine art. Embellished with an impressionistic touch, Anton’s work captures the expressive nature of subjects through a feeling of ephemerality.

JOURNEY

Through an undying passion for painting and drawing,

Anton has gained support from those in his community that noticed his budding potential. From the start, he received invaluable guidance from his mentor and renowned artist XinSheng Wang. As Anton progressed, individuals including founder of Artists of Texas Laurie Pace and high school teacher Mrs. Donna Reedy also played a tremendous part in his growth.

Now studying at Columbia University,

Anton hopes to further supplement his craft with a comprehensive education and to continue expanding his lexicon of knowledge. He highly values a balance between intellectual curiosity and artistry. In his leisure time, you can find him hosting workshops, avidly practicing his Spanish or working out in the gym - parts of what he considers a multifaceted lifestyle.

These endeavors are accompanied by literature that has impacted his vision.

Anton is fascinated by the metaphysics of transitory phases and the abstract framework of our being. They are blurred thoughts fueled by possibilities, all which he strives to illustrate.

Every canvas is an opportunity to streamline creative thoughts. My artistic practice is rooted in the fundamentals that lay groundwork for brewing ideas. With my work I explore time, space and temporality that, together, convey various aspects of the human construct.

Awards

  • Perfect Score, Advanced Placement 2-D Design Portfolio
  • Reserve Grand Champion, 2017 Houston Rodeo School Art Competition
  • Texas Young Master, granted by the Texas Commission on the Arts
  • National Silver Medal in Painting, The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
  • Portrait Class Champion, Houston Rodeo Quick Draw Contest
  • Four-time Gold Seal Winner at the Visual Arts Scholastic Event
  • Best AP Drawing Portfolio, Clements High School 2015 “Retrospective” Show
  • Winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition
  • First Place, 2015 CFAI Artist Showdown

Publications

  • Full Time Illustrator for The Columbia Daily Spectator
  • "Impressionist Anton Zhou: A Talented Young Artist", 2016
  • Featured Artist in Issue Thirteen of The Adroit Journal, 2015
  • Featured Artist and "Colors on My Palette" Interview in Visual Language Magazine, 2015