REVIEW – Sir Anthony Hopkins’ paintings, The Dome

Sir Anthony Hopkins has only recently taken up painting, and Edinburgh is treated to a small exhibition of some of his works at The Dome in George Street.

Showing until Sat 6th March, the paintings are a collection of ink and acrylic works, featuring broad, bold brushstrokes and vivid colours.

His vibrant portraits resemble African masks rendered in stained glass; whilst his small landscapes are sketchy pieces emphasising the skies.

A short video showing Hopkins at work on his canvases runs on a loop, and he describes his fascinations with colour and death; and reveals he is largely working on a self-taught, trial and error basis.

Without the knowledge of the artist and his illustrious acting career, the works do stand on their own feet. The colour dominates all of the pieces on display and they represent an interesting seldom-seen side to a charismatic individual.

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