“I have a multi-disciplined creative practice which includes painting, writing performance, installation and public art.”
Anthony Breslin's artistic career spans over 30 years with a myriad of creative and artistic pursuits including painting, performance, poetry, design and production. Breslin has always worked as a full-time artist and now, after several years battling blood cancer and surviving bone marrow and kidney transplants, his creative output has refocused back to its roots of visual art, drawing and painting in his studio at the Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey, Melbourne.
Breslin has been an original force within the Australian art scene ever since the late 90’s. Up until his recent illnesses he created more than 50 solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally; including shows in Hong Kong, Zurich, Prague, Barcelona, Shanghai, Bern, London and Dublin.
Over the years Breslin has also attained great success as a unique theatrical performance and installation artist, creating an abundance of performances and presentations at a diverse range of events and venues. Anthony performed at the Melbourne Convention Centre for the closing ceremony of the Parliament of World Religions, as well as performing at the ‘Signature of M’ art prize gala night at the Central Pier Venue in Docklands, Melbourne and the Conscientia Festival in Salt Lake City, United States.
Breslin has also produced and performed in his own productions at New Quay, Docklands, Greenwood Gallery, Wax Studios and Theatreworks, along with a unique, interactive live art project in the Myer Bourke Street windows and a variety of festivals and concerts, including an Australia Day concert at Federation Square. Breslin’s ground-breaking production ‘Trybe: An opera in paint’ has been performed over three seasons in ever-evolving incarnations to much public acclaim since 2006.
There are numerous large-scale community, school and charity projects in Melbourne which have been conceived and produced by Breslin, fuelled by his creative spirit; such as the Breslin Gallery - an arts hub, community space, gallery and cafe he created in Carnegie, the Anthony Breslin's Community Art Garden project at the Koornang Uniting Church and, most recently, 'The Story of Big Frog' mural in Murrumbeena village. This large-scale work, based on the character of Big Frog from his children's book Brezania, is full of colour and life has become one of the most prominent and vibrant public installations in Melbourne.
Working with various community, marginalized groups and schools is one of Breslin’s deepest passions, building awareness and putting focus on the importance of community, belonging, and rites of passage.
Currently Breslin has a number of projects coming to fruition in 2022, including 2 solo shows later in the year, publishing his autobiography, launching a collection of licensed works and NFT’s and as a co-curator, producer & guest exhibitor for a large group show in St. Kilda towards the middle of the year.
“All creative pursuits entwine into one in my experience.”