Although Tony has drawn and painted since early childhood, he is a late developer as a professional artist. After a long corporate career his interest in art led him to open The White Gallery in Hove in 1998 and follow that attending a Fine Art Degree Course at Northbrook Colege, Worthing, where he achieved a first and began exhibiting his work professionally.
His work is inspired by two major influences, both driven by an interest in the transience of all things and the fact that all actions have a reaction, leaving traces of their pre-existence.
The latter is exemplified by The Palimpsest. In the Middles Ages, particularly before the development of paper, parchment, animal skin, was used as a medium and being expensive was often reused after having the original text erased. But eventually, using modern techniques and over time the earlier writing is exposed. In contemporary usage it can be used to define changes in building architecture, in archaeology and even in reference to the craters on the moon.
The other of his influences is Wabi Sabi, a Japanese aesthetic that is centered upon the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Its essence is about ‘just being’, the stripping away of all that is unnecessary or superfluous and valuing the original rather than the contrived or manufactured. Unassuming, unpretentious, and understated are words that all come to mind.
Tony has exhibited in Venice and Majorca as well as locally in Brighton and is a regular exhibitor at The Brighton Art Fair, held annually.