Anton grew up in the Free State Province of South Africa, but has also lived in Grahamstown and Port Alfred during his childhood. Anton enjoyed art since he was a boy and wanted to attend an art school. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way and he attended Sentraal Hoërskool in Bloemfontein. Anton is no stranger to the art world. His mother is Petra Stiglingh, a renowned South African artist, and his stepfather was also in the art business for many years.
His Road To Becoming An Artist
After school he was persuaded to start working in the furniture business which took him to Kempton Park, Hartswater, and later Pretoria. He continued drawing in his spare time and took up airbrushing. He had quite the knack for it and enjoyed this flowing, harmonious medium. He didn’t have much time for his art during his time in the furniture business nor later when he started picture framing in his bachelor’s flat. He later went into paint contracting as well as the occasional airbrush commission. In December 2015, Anton found himself and his other half on the road from Pretoria to Jeffreys Bay. The move was not quite planned, but it was a very welcome change. From the hustle and bustle of the city to the quiet, peaceful seaside in Paradise Beach, Jeffreys Bay. He left the paint contracting behind in Pretoria and now focuses more on his art as well as picture framing for Petra’s gallery in Fountains Mall.
What Media Does Anton Use?
Anton enjoys sketching (with pencil, ball point pen as well as on a digital platform) and working with oils and airbrush acrylics. He has done a number of commissions for portrait paintings as well as custom airbrush work and mural art.
Life Outside The Studio
When Anton isn’t working, he and his wife like to jump on the motorcycle and tour the countryside. He also enjoys woodworking, surfing and Ju Jitsu (he is currently shodan (4th black belt), used to have a club in Pretoria and will hopefully open one soon in Jeffreys Bay).