Anthony Amos (1950 – 2010) was a largely self-taught artist. Inspired by his Merchant Navy background, Amos produced work based around his experiences at sea.
Painting in oils and bitumen (the only materials available during his time sketching at sea) combined with water and other immiscible compounds, he built up layers of varying texture to capture the frequently threatening moods of the sea and sky, combined with an accuracy of representation of the diverse range of ships he had worked on and observed.
His atmospheric paintings are incredibly dramatic, capturing the physical and often threatening powers of nature levelled against man. Using a simple palette applied with only cloth and his fingers, his raw and powerful images convey the dangerous, dirty and dramatic spirit of maritime life.
Amos was born in Bristol in 1950 and joined the Merchant Navy when he was 18 in search of adventure and freedom, later having the opportunity of being involved in the restoration of S.S. Great Britain, when the prized ship was restored to her former glory. After leaving the Merchant Navy in 1984, he returned to his first love of art, attending various painting courses at Manchester School of Art, Bristol and Cardiff. There, he was able to perfect his style, which is recognised and loved today.
He exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland and was honoured by the Royal Society of Marine Artists.