The Pavilion of Earthly Delights
Begun in October 2021, Anthony continues to design and paint a specially commissioned series of mural panels entitled The Pavilion of Earthly Delights . These murals have been specifically designed to hang in the newly built downstairs bar in Cork's iconic old Pavilion Cinema (originally opened in 1921) which has been meticulously restored by publican Benny McCabe.
The murals were unveiled in October 2022 with the venue opening. They evolved through many stages and were developed over many months.
The panels are inhabited with diverse elements from the natural world, fantastic zoomorphic figures and references to the human body.
Also depicted in the panels are images of sugary delicacies, gin distillation and surreal versions of iconic buildings that are woven into the fabric of Cork’s visual identity.
The panels draw from a wide range of influences including The Garden at Eichstatt: The Book of Plants by Basilius Besler – 1613, the fantastical topsy-turvy logic of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - 1865, Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights - 1503 as well as Max Ernst and Leonora Carrington’s surrealist visions.
The work is composed using a series of vignette type images that are set within the overall dream-like landscape.
Anthony uses acrylic paint and gold-leaf on MDF panels.