David Findlay Jr. Fine Art
Contact: Lee W. Findlay, Director
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David Findlay Jr. Fine Art, on the eleventh floor in the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street, will be opening its third solo exhibition of paintings by ANTHONY SPRINGER (1928-1995) on September 2, 1999. Having a special affinity for the architecture and atmosphere of New York City’s out of the way cul de sacs, Springer painted, en plein air, the streets of Soho, Chinatown, and the markets of Chelsea and Tribecca.
Springer began his artistic career late in life. A native New Yorker, Springer left his law practice of fifteen years at the age of 40 to begin painting. He said, “I wish I had begun the path earlier in my life, but am grateful that I began it at all.” He had studied philosophy at Carleton College and received a graduate degree in law. Later he studied drawing and painting at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. A musician as well, Springer wrote and published the song, “Santa Baby.”
Respected by other artists for his ability to see and capture the full range of light and shadow in New York, Springer gives his pictures a life of their own. In Brooklyn Bridge he discovers the bridge at its most glorious -- at night. His brushwork is a network of scumbling strokes that leave behind unnecessary detail, Springer presents a poetic and dramatic beauty by emphasizing the graceful vertical lines of the bridge lighting the darkness. In Pigeons on Cobblestone, the artist brings character to a red delivery truck shown in a morning light on an old cobblestone Chelsea market courtyard. Anthony Springer has said of his art, What I want is to put down the emotion a particular neighborhood brings out in me… I want to show a harmony in the roughness.
During Springer’s lifetime he was represented by two galleries and sold works from his studio. The artist served on the Board of Jurors of the Salmagundi Club and received the Malonin Tuttle Award for painting. Since his death in 1995, his work has become sought after by well known collectors and corporations throughout the United States.