Antonia Black’s paintings radiate her own vivacity. Lively, spontaneous - she paints with passion, mostly outdoors, often with big sheets of heavy watercolour paper laid directly on the ground. Always colourful and exuberant they reflect the artist’s own irrepressible personality.
A born colourist, the daughter and granddaughter of artists, Antonia’s life seems to revolve around colour and sunlights, the tricks it can play and the wild ways in which it can capture the imagination. Born in Perth, Western Australia, she moved to Sydney with her family in 1959 and studied at the National Art School. She then moved to England in 1960 and spent five years at the Slade, and studied under Sir William Coldstream, with tutors William Townsend and Jeffrey Camp. Her greatest influence, however, was Frank Auerbach with whom she worked for two years.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards including First Prize at the RBSA Open Watercolour Competition and her work is in major collections both private and corporate in many parts of the world.