Blue Oaks Arts represents Anastasia Nelson and Phil Dynan:
Anastasia Nelson has been a painter since she was 8 years old. Ana attended UC Davis where she studied under Wayne Thiebaud.
She enjoys painting daily and has a style of expressionism that reflects her various interests in life – botany, animals, and fantasy worlds.
Since the mid 1990’s Ana has collaborated with artist Phil Dynan. What began as a book illustration project eventually turned into a collection of painting series – Electronica; Barynard Animals; and “Furlandia”.
The two artists often do Plein Air work together.
Phil Dynan was first published at age 7, Dynan has now been a working artist for over 50 years. Thanks to a close friend, he has a studio for painting in London and works in both the UK and the US. In the early part of his career he was well known for producing greeting cards and for Fine Art Prints sold in Europe.
For the past 25 years he has done collaborative work with Anastasia Nelson, a UCD grad. Together they have illustrated books, and done several series of paintings. They have also worked on serigraphy projects together, producing Fine Art Prints for major sporting events.
In 2017 Dynan began working with London artist Patrick Hughes, the creative force behind “Reverse Perspective” painting on 3D sculptures. These amazing sculptures seem to move and change as the viewer shifts perspective. Dynan also works with Nelson on the sculptures.
Nelson and Dynan have been featured on PBS, showing their Electronica and Barnyard paintings.
Dynan invented a “new art word”, Ani-morphosis, to describe the works. The word is intended to describe a relatively new art phenomenon that is the invention of London artist Patrick Hughes. Hughes has created 3D painted sculptures that generate their own motion as the viewer moves. The image is not static, and changes as the viewer moves side-to-side or up-and-down. Technically, the images are not “animated”, but they do “morph” into a different image. The sculptures do not require a “specific viewing point”, nor special devices for viewing. These sculptures are unique and Dynan felt they should have a unique designation, thus, his word “ani-morphosis”.
Following the Hughes model, Nelson and Dynan first constructed a continuous 16-foot long ani-morphic sculpture. The viewer can look from any of a variety of vantage points. Some viewers maintaining a static and still position see what appears to be a “flat” and “well-defined” painting. However, the sculpture is “animated” when the viewer moves sideways or up and down. The most radical approach is to walk the length+ of the sculpture from about 6 feet away and watch as the painting moves and the scenes change or “morph”. “Morph” meaning that the painting changes completely – scenes disappear, shadows are cast as objects change, new scenes appear, and shadows and light reveal new objects. What was apparent when the viewer was at the beginning of this 20-foot walk no longer exists within the field of vision. The “flat” painting a static viewer might have seen is now a completely different painting.
These original works were painted with acrylic on birch. The artists have recently transitioned to oil on birch. Some early pieces (2018-19) did not have a frame, but new works includes a built in frame.