ANTHONY RICHARD TIFFIN
A WHIRLWIND OF COCK AND VAGINA. Phalluses abound. Glory holes and decapitations. Paul Delvaux meets Henry Darger after a night out in the company of Salvador Dali. This is not the work of the Chapman Brothers, this is the work of Tony Tiffin; 78 year-old bastard child of J.R Tolkein and Beryl Cook. And there is autobiography at play; meet Bad George, Mad Lil, Billy Mann and Spitting Jack; all characters from a fecund and fetid past. The deftness of painterly gesture and the immaculate compositions seem to be at odds with the darkly disturbing worlds that Tiffin depicts. But this is what makes them so compelling. The Alchemist has fed his child well. ANDREW KOTTING 2014
ANTHONY RICHARD TIFFIN a former member of the International Surrealist Movement & the Society for Art of Imagination, has exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, as well as throughout London and across Europe. His work has sold and been collected all over the world with large followings in Germany, Canada and America.
Born in a small Sussex village, locally he's relatively unknown, but Tiffin is one of the gems to have come out of the South East, clocking up over thirty years of professional connections with commercial London galleries and dealers. Over previous years he's been working on a more intimate series of paintings reflecting stories from life and family experiences. This show has been co-curated by daughter Sally Tiffin in partnership with the owner and curator of the blackShed gallery Kenton Lowe.
It's an exciting show that presents the blackShed gallery with new challenges. The viewer is asked to work hard and isn't always rewarded easily, that is one of the real fascinations of these works; they demand time, engagement and reflection from their audience, but offer much back while maintaining an element of inscrutable otherness. In this sense the paintings of Anthony Richard Tiffin more than nod to the works of Cranach, Colville, Hillier and Spencer and allegorical paintings from the 16th Century.
Essentially Tiffin's paintings are semi-autobiographical, pictorial storytelling where the Interior and exterior landscapes of lives lived are realised through a language of imagery made of heightened colour and fine detail to suggest the disposition of those portrayed and impending outcomes or the cruel ponderous nature of family interactions.
The brooding presence of the Artist's childhood home in many works explodes the myth of a familiarised rural ideal as a theme within the work. Certainly it is the place of familial memory and symbolically the womb from which some of these narratives were born but here and there it is painted as mocking observer to the story as retold; and the truism is that indeed there is no place like home.
Keith Wigdor, editor of SURREALISM NOW says "Anthony Richard Tiffin is an amazing artist of Magic Realism, Surrealism, and Fantastic Realism." This work is certainly different and Tiffin offers up over twenty new works that go on show at the blackShed gallery from 8th February to 22nd March
NEW ALAN RANKLE 5TH APRIL - 17TH MAY 2014