Inspired by a corrupted image on a mobile phone ten years ago, Tony learned to paint as a part of a Masters of Art at the UNSW College of Fine Arts, now UNSW Art & Design, and creates art to keep him sane. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Gerhard Richter, Brett Whiteley, and Piet Mondrian, Tony finds beauty in the forms that result from the broken or bent code in glitched or corrupted digital image files. The focus of Tony’s practice centres on the complexities inherent in these images, reproducing, simplifying, and evolving the forms and patterns he finds through the medium of wood, Perspex, spray paint and neon lights in three-dimensional pieces.
Working in a studio in his lock-up garage, Tony paints, sculpts, draws, researches, and experiments, all in the time he can find while working a full-time job as a copywriter for an advertising agency. Preferring to work by painting on board, as the predictability of board gives him a better chance at making the marks he’s trying to create be a part of the final product, Tony dreams to work as a full-time artist while engaging in some on-the-side political activism. Passionate about politics, Tony volunteers with the community group GetUp! to make a difference on issues of human rights, climate change, and social justice. For the time being, however, Tony hopes to exhibit his work in solo shows, finish his Masters, and collaborate with other local artists, with whom he would love to work on a large-scale urban artwork.