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ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a multi-faceted self-taught artist, Butch Anthony creates works that investigate and appropriate images from the American vernacular. His practice includes painting cartoon-like skeletons on top of antique portraits in elaborate frames.
An avid collector of unique and bizarre objects, Butch Anthony created the Museum of Wonder in the 1970s, a modern-day Cabinet of Curiosities filled with art, artifacts, and antiques including the world's largest gallstone. He has also built The Drive Thru Museum, the first drive-through art and antiques gallery, and hosts the Possum Trot Auction, a weekly junk and art auction, on his 80-acre parcel of land in Seale, Alabama.
In addition to making and selling art, building bizarre roadside attractions, and collecting found objects to incorporate into his own artwork, Butch contributes to Auburn University's Rural Studio design-build program.
Butch Anthony: INSIDE/OUT was exhibited at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston from January 17 through February 29, 2020.
ABOUT THE WORK
Nature Boy, 2019
19 x 15 inches
Archival pigment print