Anthony Sullivan’s work explores the perception of color and space and the cognitive, environmental, and cultural conditions that affect perception. He draws inspiration from nature, ecology, the idea of the umwelt, phenomenology, evolution, neuroscience, and the intersection of modern sciences with eastern thought. His work is influenced by color theory, the Light + Space and Op Art movements, and the work of Robert Irwin, Bridget Riley, and Tauba Auerbach.
“I’m really just looking to illicit a tiny bit of awe, that can open us up to new ways of looking and thinking.”
Sullivan’s current work, the Interlace series, explores the interaction of colors and the sensations of depth and movement. In each work, several groups of rhythmic stripes of color move above, below, and across each other.
Born outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1980, Sullivan grew up in greater Philadelphia and later in Birmingham, Alabama, where he received a Visual Arts degree from the Alabama School of Fine Arts. He received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He has participated in exhibitions at the Birmingham Public Library, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, Auburn University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London with Farshid Moussavi Architecture. His work is included in the collections of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts and the Alabama School of Fine Arts.
Sullivan currently lives and works in New York.