California Art Collection

Anton Sipos

American/Yugoslavian (B. 1938)


Born in 1938 in Bosnia, the Central Mountain Region of Yugoslavia, his hypnotic interest in drawing manifested itself at an early age. That profound attachment and love affair has never left him. Drawing has been the anchor of his restless, unsettled life. He left home in his teens and supported himself as a film animation artist. His very first work “Surrogate” (1961) won an Academy Award for best-animated short subject under direction of great Yugoslav animator Dushon VuKotic. Doing freelance work for movie studios never took him away from his painting. He finally left the boring repetitious work of animation and devoted his time as an en plein air artist in the glorious outdoors. That was the determining factor for him to become an impressionist.

In 1970, Mr. Sipos arrived in Los Angeles where he painted scenes of Los Angeles and San Diego Harbor never submitting to pressures of the market place. He often resorted to working as an artist for the movie industry. His superb classical training won him a contract with Eleanor Ettinger Studio in New York to work for Norman Rockwell transposing his original oils to lithographic plates. His first major New York exhibition took place at the Jasper Gallery on 57th Street in 1977. Shortly after Rockwell’s death, Mr. Sipos returned to Los Angeles where he continued his prolific work on paintings which include his family, as well as nostalgic reminiscences of Europe, especially Paris. His unique impressionist vision has been served by his wanderlust which has seen him return to Europe, and spend extended sojourns in Mexico, New England, and the American West. In 1984, he got a job as an art illustrator with his friend Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky and landed a small role with Natasja Kinsky and Robert Mitchum in the movie Maria’s Lovers. He was more interested in drawing the film crew than acting.

The last ten years of the artist’s life produced the most prolific and mature work. He secluded himself in his atelier in west Los Angeles. Some of the major art dealers and collectors were guests in his atelier. His new palette blossomed into rich, bright colors as never before. Bright yellows, oranges, reds, and blues have been dominant.