December 1 – 31, 2017
Retiring after a career in Social Work Tony undertook a six-year part-time Fine Arts degree course at Nottingham University graduating in 2014.
Throughout the course, his work was inspired by urban and industrial architecture. While his main inclination was towards painting he also experimented with other approaches including three-dimensional work, and projection. During the last third of the course, a more individualist style emerged in relation to his painting.
Tony emphasizes that architecture provides a vehicle for interpreting the nature of space via canvas or board. Form, color, and light are important components in this process. His main inspiration emanates from modernism and he describes his works as being “modern with a contemporary twist”. His influences are many and varied; including American artists Sheeler, Ruscha, and Demuth, and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, and Tadao Ando.
Since graduating Tony has undertaken a residency at the Surface Gallery in Nottingham, and a mentoring program with Art & in Holmfirth, Yorkshire. Both of these projects were sponsored by the British Arts Council and cumulated in exhibitions.
Tony has also become increasingly successful in obtaining commissions both from private and commercial clients.
Travel has always inspired Tony’s work, particularly in the USA. He says the opportunity to work in Santa Monica is a ‘dream come true.’