Anthony Suminski has created artwork since early childhold. His traditional paintings are a disciplined form of classical work that embody principles of design and harmonious balance. As owner of Architectural Renderings, he provided architects and developers with hundreds of illustrations. Forty years in his business gave him a variety of experiences that led to the return of of his original love of fine art painting.
"Although my work has a realistic tone, it is based on early Renaissance design and abstract negative space. The underlying meanings in my work are really a conversation that I am having with the viewer."
Anthony considers painting as therapy. As a volunteer at the Zablocki VA Center, one of his most rewarding experineces occurred when a veteran with whom he was working told him that his art class was very effective in relieving his post traumatic stress. He was able to clear his mind of debilitating thoughts.
Employing his own special ingredients, he enjoys making his own paint. The formulas come from the "Il Libro Del Arte" a manual of Cennino Ceninni (1450). Anthony's pigments consist of colors from around the world-Mexico, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, and exotic places like Afghanistan, where he obtains Lapis Lazuli. These pigments are tempered with the yolks of eggs to form a paste or paint that can be thinned with water if necessary. After the application of many thin layers, a luminous glow is achieved.
He is currently painting full time at his studio in the Riverwest Section of Milwaukee.