Anthony Hopkins

If you ask Sir Anthony Hopkins the meaning of a particular painting or drawing, the answer might surprise you.

He says, “I don’t think there’s any meaning in it. I just paint. I discover as I go along and I don’t analyze, I just go for it. The way my mind is constructed, I like to do things fast and multitask. It’s something that I am proud of because I want to do everything I can. Time is running out.”

That notion of multitasking to devour experience might derail any other artist whose pace might be more leisurely. But despite the fast moving mind and reflexes of this artist, he still manages to produce cohesive, moving, startling pieces of art again and again.

He points to a studio filled to capacity with all manner of paints, oils, acrylics, tempera bottles, pens, markers, brushes, canvases—it’s all a riot of color and possibility. Strangely, even with the walls lined with paintings of all sizes, the studio is also very organized, very neat.

Hopkins insists that he has no concept of the results while doing his art. “I do not feel afraid. I don’t feel that I have to prove anything.” This freedom from expectation and judgment allows him to run in whatever direction his imagination happens to be at any split second.

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