Eccentric 3D artist displays new age works in Beijing

By Robert Wagner
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This 3D painting is entitled "For Love Or Money?" and is the most popular of artist Anthony Decarlowe works on display at Yang's Gallery in 798. It will be sold at silent auction on August 15th.[Photo/ Robert Wagner] 

Vincent Van Gogh cut off his own ear and gave it to a prostitute. Afterwards, while locked away in a mental asylum, he began turning out some of his best works and gave birth to modern art. Pablo Picasso, who some would say was a cyclical alcoholic, addicted to the hallucinogenic absinthe, did some of his best, (and worst) paintings while under the influence. Yet we cannot deny that both men were creative geniuses who changed the art world forever with their indelible marks in art history that will influence and inspire every new artist yet to even be born.

Today another "strange" artist who although born in America, transplanted himself to Canada "after George W. Bush was appointed to the presidency by the U.S. Supreme Court" and calls himself a "world citizen" just recently picked up a brush five years ago at age 45, and without any formal art training, started cranking out some bizarre but very provocative, meaningful, and in some cases, humorous art. All of it however relays very deep and even "educational" messages. Like Van Gogh and Picasso, Anthony Decarlowe also has some "unusual" habits.

His 3D paintings and sculptures take up to five or six weeks to create but are done while the man is completely naked, except for a hat, and often done in the countryside, a forest, or the remote grasslands of Mongolia where he worked alone with wild tahki horses used by Ghengis Khan and his warriors, where he secretly created his first erotic sculpture "Deep Love," photos of which have never been published of the explicit "sexually active" piece. His second work "Blue Magic" reflects his love for horses.

He will only work on his art during certain hours of the early morning, depending upon the cycles of the moon, and following an hour of meditation and while listening to new age music by Enya, John Series, or Kitaro and sipping on powerful apricot wine he learned to make for himself from his grandfather. Even stranger, the man refuses to sell his art. He has given his works to friends and family, and has agreed to paint and donate for a new wildlife charity, but for five years declined "generous" offers for his works by those who have seen them.

But Yang gallery in Beijing's 798 Art District somehow persuaded him to auction off one of his most provocative pieces entitled "For love or money?" and is exhibiting some of his other works this July and until August 15. Ten percent of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to an orphanage in Shunyi that Decarlowe chose to visit on his way to see the Great Wall. A father himself, Decarlowe was moved by what he called "All the love going to waste here", and pledged to feature the Shunyi orphans, mostly from Anhui and Henan provinces, in his next work.

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