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"I am intrigued with the familiar, the way things come out of the ground, the moving water, the unpredictable patterns of leaves and rocks and how it's all woven together and changing at the same time."
Painter Daniel Anthonisen is the second generation of a family of artists. His father is the Bucks County sculptor George Anthonisen. Like many of the region's painters, nature is Daniel's studio. His home in Point Pleasant provides easy access to the Tohickon Creek and the Delaware River, subjects that figure prominently in his paintings. He has created his own easel and waterproof storage so he can work in the middle of the river, and this allows him to work on a number of paintings in one sitting. Whether creating an oil painting, a pencil sketch, or a pen and ink drawing, he works en plein air, capturing the energy of his surroundings.
Daniel Anthonisen follows the family tradition as an award-winning artist, having won national competitions since the age of eighteen. His work has been exhibited in New York City at the Salmagundi Club, the Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, New York; in Pennsylvania at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown and New Hope, Travis Gallery, New Hope and Bucks County Community College, Newtown along with numerous other galleries and shows. His work is represented in private collections throughout the country. In 2008, Anthonisen was represented in the Michener Art Museum exhibition New Hope: Art and the River, and he had a major retrospective in 2010 at the Payne Gallery of Moravian College.
Video credits: Winter Landscapes & Unmarked Journeys. Produced by Ryan Mancuso for Visit Bucks County.
Daniel Anthonisen on the Delaware River. Photography by Carla Klouda. Image courtesy of the artist.
Education and Training
Carnegie Mellon University, BFA, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1994
Connection to Bucks County
Born in New York City in 1970, the Anthonisen family moved to Bucks County when Daniel was fifteen months old. For Daniel Anthonisen, the Delaware River has always been a part of his life.
Colleagues and Affiliations
His father, the sculptor, George Anthonisen
Major Solo Exhibitions
Daniel Anthonisen: Recent Work, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 2002
River Reflections: Paintings by Daniel Anthonisen, Travis Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2004
Moved by the Water, Travis Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2006
River Alchemy, Travis Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2008
Rivertime Offerings: Paintings, Drawings and Wood Engravings by Daniel Anthonisen, Payne Gallery of Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 2010
Daniel Anthonisen: Entering Point Pleasant, Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2011
Recent Work by Daniel Anthonisen, Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2013
Local Pilgrimage: Art of Daniel Anthonisen, Travis Gallery, New Hope, PA, 2015
Selected Major Group Exhibitions
U.S. Capital Building, Washington, DC, 1988-1989
Bucks County Artists: A Cross Section, Hicks Art Center, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 1999
Local Color: Selections by Regional Artists, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1999
The Art Gene: Anthonisen, Dodge, Gowin, Osterman, Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2000
Continuing the Bucks County Tradition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, 2000
Recent Work: George R. Anthonisen and Daniel F. Anthonisen, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 2001
Gallery Artists Exhibition, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 2000, 2001, 2002
American Impressionism: Past & Present, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1999, 2000, 2001
Holiday Gallery Artists Exhibition, Bianco Gallery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania, 1999, 2000, 2001
Small Treasures, Holiday Artists Show, Travis Gallery, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2002
Phillips' Mill Annual Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2003, 2009
Antique Boat Museum, Clayton, New York, 2003
Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005
Three Anthonisens: George and Daniel Anthonisen, Rachel Athonisen Gates, Pennswood Village Art Gallery, Newtown, Pennsylvania, 2008
New Hope: Art and the River, Michener Art Museum, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 2008
Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Payne Gallery of Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Private Collections: California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C.
Solebury School, New Hope, Pennsylvania, 1991
The Bride on Penn Avenue, mural: Bloomfield/Garfield neighborhood, assisted muralist Judith Penzer, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1995
Winner, Congressional Arts Competition, Pennsylvania 8th Congressional District, 1988, 2003
Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 2002
Award, Phillips' Mill 76th Juried Art Exhibition, New Hope, Pennsylvania
Mixed Media Gallery, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 2005, First Place Black and White
Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, Arts, 2013