Anthony E. Boone
Since becoming a professional artist in 2005, Anthony E. Boone’s career has skyrocketed beyond his wildest dreams.
“Art chose me,” says Boone. “I wanted art in my home, but couldn’t afford to purchase any. So I made my own.”
It didn’t take the veteran freight conductor long to realize that he was hooked on making art. “I just loved painting . . . even the smell of paint. For me it was about sharing and relating to people. So I went to the streets, selling my work on the sidewalk.” But those sidewalk sales ended one day in SOHO when Jamali, the artist/owner of New York City’s Jamali Gallery, told Boone that his paintings were too good to be sold on the street.
Self taught and proud of it, Boone’s explosions of color and texture bring to mind the work of influential abstract expressionist, Jackson Pollock — an artist he highly respects. “He was so raw,” explains Boone. Like Pollock, Boone also channels intense passion into his painting.
Boone credits his seamstress mother Patricia A. Boone for his artistic instincts. “I watched her pick out patterns, textures and colors at the fabric store,” says Boone. His motivation to keep painting and sculpting comes from his father, contractor James E. Boone, who always showed him the before and after of a project.
In August, 2013 Boone's "My Heaven On Earth" was purchased and installed as part of the curated art collection at Qingdao Tai Shan Condominium in China.
In February 2011, Boone was chosen to present his works at the “Novartis Pharmaceutical Black History Month Forum” in East Hanover N.J. The global corporation purchased three of his works.
Eventually, word of Boone’s artistry got around the freight yard. The Brotherhood Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLE&T) commissioned him to create a painting commemorating the 150th anniversary of the union. The work entitled “America’s Backbone” was displayed last year at the 74th annual meeting held in Atlantic City.
Career Highlights Include:
• More than 50 paintings sold worldwide
• 17 painting exhibited at the Historic Penn Station, Newark, NJ
• The Prudential Center, Devils Rock Exhibition, Newark. NJ (2011)
• 1st Place, Ft. Lee, NJ Music and Arts Festival (2011)
• Ranked a “Top 20” artist out of 125 artists showcased at the Montclair State
University/George Segal Gallery Exhibition (2010)
• Guest artist, “New Day” International Group Exhibition in Florence, Italy (2010)
• Created the “The Perfect Cell” sneaker for the “Converse For Cure” Sickle Cell Anemia
Fundraiser, Seeds Gallery, Newark, NJ