Anton poised to go international

Anton Cattunar in his studio.
Anton Cattunar in his studio.

By Madeline Doherty

Byron Bay artist Anton Cattunar is poised to take on the art world at the fifth Annual International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy later this year.

But there is a hitch - Anton needs a sponsor to help cover his costs to get to the historic Fortezza da Basso in Florence.

His work has been accepted and he is now busy finishing off his pieces that will be hung at the Biennale.

Anton is quietly spoken and absorbed in his art which leaves little room for business acumen.

"I spend my time painting, working and thinking about my art and how I will develop the pieces I am working on," he said.

He describes his work as oil paintings done in layers using a dot style.

While influenced by Aboriginal art, he is at pains to establish that it is not Aboriginal dot paintings.

"I use the colours of Australia and paint in oil in what I call a surreal tribal feel," Anton said.

"I started about six years ago and have just developed my own style and technique."

His layering is a very slow and labourious process with each painting taking at least six months to complete.

For further information or viewings of Anton's work call him on 66859967.

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