By Angela Garrity, Guest Blogger
We are learning there is so much more to Sir Anthony Hopkins than just his incredible career as an actor, director, and producer. The man is truly a well-rounded artist, and the internet recently got its first glimpse into his likely lesser-known talents.
ARTnews revealed that “the award-winning actor best known for portraying Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and more recently for his role in Westworld, became an internet sensation when he posted a TikTok of himself dancing to Drake’s hit song “Toosie Slide.” Behind him loomed a large painting showing the outline of a face against a semi-abstracted background of bright colors. At first glance, the painting might look like a work by Francis Picabia from the artist’s famed “Transparencies” series. In fact, the work is by Hopkins himself—though Picabia is among his influences.”
His artistic inspiration began in childhood where the seeds were planted, but never quite blossomed into what he had hoped for by his teenage years.
The author described his early years as a struggling young man.
“I’m not a scholar or academic by any stretch of the imagination, but when I was a little boy, I started drawing and playing the piano when I was about five. I guess I had some creative, artistic streak. I wasn’t very good in school. I drew a lot and my mother encouraged me, like mothers do, because I didn’t seem to know much else. And there was a young girl, who was much older than me, she was about 17 or 18, and she was the daughter of a neighbor of my parents. Her name was Bernice Evans. She’d been to London and she’d studied art. She did a drawing of me in pencil and chalk on cartage paper. I was about six, and it was just after the war had ended, around 1947 or ’48. She invited me to a studio above the post office in Port Talbot and she introduced me to painting.
When I was in school, at about the age of 15, I started to draw, and somebody said, “You should be a commercial artist or a cartoonist.” I thought about doing that, but I thought too much skill was required, and I’m not a good student. Soon, the years went by, and I gave it up.”
Thankfully, he rekindled that passion at the nudge of his real-life muse.
“Years ago, Stella, my wife, found some old scripts of mine here in the house full of drawings in the blank pages. They’re drawings in multicolored ink pens, like Sharpie’s, that I managed to dig up. I’d paint landscapes and faces. They’re really weird drawings. She said to me, just before we got married in 2003, “You ought to start painting,” but I said, “No, no.” But she wanted me to do paintings for the wedding guests, about 75 of them. And I said, “Are you crazy?” But she said, “Just do it.” So I ended up painting these landscapes and we gave them to the party guests. That’s how I started up again.”
Step into the gallery that hosts the artist’s works to see them for yourself in order to fully appreciate his creative hand that might not have come to fruition if it wasn’t for a mind full of chaos.