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Kevin Anstis

Freelance Artist & Book Illustrator

Location:Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2 Skills

Kevin has worked as a professional artist for more than 25 years. He works mainly in pastels, a medium he finds very “forgiving” with texture and softness that brings life to the subjects. Kevin also combines watercolour with some of his work to enhance the effects of the pastel and give it even more depth. His unique work is easily recognisable for the use of a very soft colour scheme as well as a touch of romanticism and drama. Kevin’s subjects vary from skyscapes to wildlife, marine and coastal vistas.
Kevin also shows great interest in Marine Art, which receives inspiration from his work as an archivist and researcher at the Naval Historical Society of Australia at Garden Island, Sydney. Another way for Kevin to act out historical events and dramas is by creating Flat Tin Figurines, a traditional folk art form from Germany, which he discovered in 1995.
Kevin also is any accomplished model maker who has worked on number commissions for maritime museums including The Australian Navy as well as private clients.
Kevin’s solid artistic craftsmanship is based on years of study. Kevin attended Seaforth TAFE between 1979 to 1980 studying painting, life drawing, colour and design, photography and art history as well as the School of Creative Arts in 1985, where he besides the usual topics also studied graphic design, advertising and drama. He received a Certificate of Fine Arts as well as a Diploma of Creative Arts. He added to his arts education by attending years of private tutoring with well know artists such as Brian Agnew.

His drawing and painting skills were enhanced during his years as a freelance animation assistant with Channel Nine, ABC as well as for Disney Australia.

A major influence in Kevin’s artistic development was his time as artist in residence at Henning International Galleries in Balmain between 1990 to 1995 where he participated in 22 exhibitions with other resident artists such as Pro Hart and Ken Duncan. His works were sold to a number of famous homes. Buyers included the daughter of Russel Drysdale and family as well as the Federal MP Brain Cadman.
Since 1995 Kevin has exhibited in numerous local and state exhibitions.

Born 1957 in Manly, Sydney
1979-1980 Seaforth TAFE, Certificate of Fine Arts
1985 School of Creative Arts, Diploma of Fine Arts
1990-1995 Resident artist with Henning International Galleries

2013 Lane Cove Group exhibition
2010 Stations of the Cross Exhibition.
2009 Gig Gallery, Glebe, Sydney
2009 Group exhibition, The Art Sanctuary Fairlight
2007 Group exhibition, The Art Sanctuary Fairlight
2007 Group exhibition Marine Artist Exhibition, Royal Motor Yacht Club, Sydney
2006 Group exhibition, The Art Sanctuary Fairlight
2006 Group exhibition, Dale Thomas Gallery Artarmon
2005 Group exhibition, The Art Sanctuary Fairlight
2004 St Oberon Art Prize, St Oberon
2000 The Great Southland Art Prize, Christian City Church, Oxford Falls
1998 Australian Arts and Craft Show, Homebush
1990-1995 22 group exhibitions with Henning International Galleries, Balmain
Skills (2) Rating
Book Illustration