About the Artists:
Sir Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937 in Margam, Wales. As a young man, Hopkins loved drawing, painting and playing the piano. At the age of 15, he enrolled in the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Upon graduating, Hopkins served two years in the British Army. Following his duty of service, he resumed his theatre and drama education at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. It was there that he was spotted by Laurence Olivier, who invited him to join the Royal National Theatre as his understudy. Hopkins wowed audiences when Hopkins stepped in for an ailing Oliver in “The Dance of Death.” Oliver was quoted as saying, “Anthony Hopkins walked away with the part of Edgar like a cat with a mouse between its teeth.”
Although the theatre loved Hopkins, he was excited to land his first film role in 1968, playing King Richard the Lionheart in “The Lion In Winter. ” The success of this film motivated him to move to California to pursue a full-time career in TV and film. In 1991 Hopkins received an Oscar for “Best Actor” for playing Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs.” In 1993, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the Arts. He would also receive numerous accolades for his acting including four British Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and in 2006, the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been touted as the greatest living British actor.
Throughout his years an accomplished actor, Hopkins would draw figures and sketch in the margins of his scripts. His wife Stella, a former art and antiques dealer encouraged her husband to paint. Hopkin’s passion in this marvelous new adventure led to a solo exhibit in 2005, which showcased framed pen and ink drawings. His artwork sold out in one day. The success and support that he received fueled Hopkin’s desire to continue this medium of self expression. An art studio was added to their home where he spends up to four days a week painting colorful abstracts and surrealist portraits. Galleries across the United States and in the United Kingdom request the opportunity to exhibit his artworks . The success of these exhibitions has been overwhelming.
Hopkins is also a composer. In 2008, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performed his original music for piano. In 2011, his original score titled “And the Waltz Goes On” was performed in Vienna by the Dutch Violinist , Andrea Rieu. His concert and recording of his original music by he Birmingham Symphony Orchestra placed him at the top of the Classical musical charts for 3 consecutive months.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is a “Creative Genius” and a modern day “Renaissance Man.” His acting has been captured on film, his innermost emotions poured onto art canvases and his brilliant musical compositions recorded. His legacy will live on for generations to come.
November 12, 2015
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