Original Acrylic on Canvas
Tony's bold and gutsy style - influenced by Pop Art & German Expressionism - is rooted in the kind of spontaneous art he enjoyed in his childhood, filling endless notepads with colourful and striking images.
Always a storyteller, in words and pictures, a budding ambition to paint was quickly shelved after unexpected success as a best-selling novelist in 2009. The media storm that followed in Europe resulted in him writing two books a year and, almost burnt out, he retreated to Melbourne. Returning to Scotland via Ireland, Tony found he could happily re-connect with writing but this did reveal the limitations of the form to Tony and just didnt quell the urge to pursue his visual art more fully. He now paints every day, following a spontaneous style that, although at odds with the rigid pre-planning of his novel writing, seems to draw on many deep-rooted aspects of it. Tonys painting routine relies heavily on tapping into the unconscious by allowing the brush to lead the way, which kicks off a stream of images he then shepherds into a coherent whole. Many of the images recur from picture to picture, reappearing like characters in a novel, building a narrative of their own one chapter at a time. He believes that, in this internet age where the written word has been greatly weakened, only radical imagery now has the power to reveal the human spirit.