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Anthony Breslin now
decided painta newPicture
of hislife- literally
rom singing telegrams and
subversive fringe theatre to
Blue Heelers and Neighbours,
Y Melbourne artist Anthony
Breslin's past acting experiencesare all
grist for the mill for his artwork.
The Man O Man star is used to being
the centre of attention, but these days he is
inclined to avoid the limelight, preferring
solitude and quietly obsening the world
Now a popular artist, Breslin'sjoyrney-
hasbeenconvolutedinvolving a number of
abrupt turns and twists, excesses_a_nd lo-ng
oeriddsof introspection. One to follow his Actor Anthony
convictions, he r-esigned from a secure job
in a warehouse to Pursue an acting
career, with no formal training, falling work is on display
back on singing telegrams and later at the Art Gallery
strip-o-gramsto make a living. Collections
"I would usecomedywherever could,
sending myself up and the audience for
being t-here.It helped me to deal with the
absurdity of it all."
He recalls in Melbourne playing the
senie from Aladdin for a three-week season I Arn
in a children's show,while in the Botanical rsS
Gardens at night playrng King Alonso in i
Shakespeare' The Tempest.
"On the weekend,I would go from the
senieto Alonso then run to the car with my
inake up still on and drive to the old
Marque Club where I would quicklY
chanle into a schoolboy outfit and race
out to close a big weeHy male review in
front of over 200 screaming women,"
With over 20 plays and lead parts be-
hind him, he returnedto study arJatRMIT
because they want to be provoked by it in
whatever context I love connecting with t-
Breslin laughs. in Melbourne, for which he was acceptdd these people who are out there with their
"I loved the diversity and sensory into the course on the 'strength of the own dleams, dramas, losses and loves.
stimulation of creatingthese kinds of jux- drawingsI'd done out of my backpack'. "My work seems to help them embrace
tapositions in my life.
- Breslin's love of theatre remains the beduty of their own mortality instead of
"It can be very disempoweringwaiting strong and his subsequentroles as art shunning it."
for your agentto call you for an audifion so
directbr on numerous film sets has been Breslin's mixed media works resonate
I w-astryrng to find-ways of creating my widely acclaimed. with energy and tictility. Using found
own opportunities and experiences. He also was rgsponsible for the set obiects an-d remnants as diverse as wall-
"My decisionto competein the Man O
-really an act of desigrrs and visual conceptsfor thc feafure paier, beads, deminss, zippers., driftwood-
Man iompetition was film-OnePerfea Day - nominated ln2004 iutlery, carpet, alrows, tea strainers as well
frustration at the time. for an AFI award - as well as numerous as galions of paint, he works instinctivell'.
"I had played a few guest roles on video clips for Kiiling Hei4i,'Tex Perkins, traisforming- ordinary functional items
Neighbours Grundy put me_onknowing
so Something for Kate, and The Anroids, into tools of expression.
I was experiencedin front of the camera including their clip Madonna wlich won His images are rapidly and inteqser-"'
and live audiences. was on and over so
It the Aria-in 2003 f6r best video clip. produced, maximising on elements of risk
quickly and yes, I won. It was a very ind chance in the process, and capturing
In January this year, he combined
surreai experi-ence for me so much of
but theatre and art, installing himself in the eloquently a range of emotions from
life is like that." Bourke Street Melbourne Myer store unbearable sadness and vulnerabilit-v' to
Breslin's pize, a l0-day, five-star window for a week during opening hours lyncal playfulness.
holiday in Aftica (a place he'd always with the goal to paint 100 signaturebug "I seek out experiences," Breslin says.
wanted to go).became catalystfor two
the paintines- (a simple motif symbolising "I am a junkie for it. I want to know
yearsof soul-searching. ^energy,-fifd, movement and decay) for how this feels or that feels; always anything
"I was looking for answersto all the the childrens' charity TLC. that seems to have something I have not
bigger questionsala trying to build myself tasted and encompassed in some way.
up lom the inside out. I became much The event raised $24,000 for charity
from the saleof 87 bug paintings and two "Art keeps me sane. Life is never literal
niore introspective as I drew all the time or conceptual for me; it's all sublime and
and read philosophy." maior works in another window, whilst
But one still needsto make a living and saftftaining thousandsof people with his illogical."
personality and showmanshiP. His advice to young artists: "Be braYe,
Anthony used his performance talents
As the most successful artist at because ilyou don't attack the canvas you
Melbourne'sAfrordable Art Fair this year, won't have any great victories. Use the
"I started doing a one-man strip show frictions in your life to drive you."
in Zimbabwe at both a black club and a Breslin sold more than 40 paintings in
white one while I did stone sculpture three hours. Anthony Breslin's frrst exclusive
during the day in a big pit with some of "My work is not really for tlose who Queensland exhibition is showing- at Art
Zimbabwe's beststonesculptors." want to match the couch: people buy it Gallerv Collections. Surfers Paradise.
Weekend Br.leth I