Tony is passionate about using recycled and found materials together with the acrylic resin Jesmonite to produce abstract sculpture. He is keen to use discarded items which are taken apart and reassembled into abstract forms. Tony’s favourite material is wood from offcuts left over from chain-sawed trees.
He works with discarded materials such as wood, metal, fabric and building materials which are recut and then assembled into abstact forms, incorporating plaster, clay and then surface coated with Jesmonite resin.
He values artistic collaboration and has worked collaboratively to combine the use of clay and found/recycled materials to produce abstract sculptural forms that additionally incorporate figurative clay forms.
He has been inspired by the passion of Gustav Klimt’s ‘Kiss’ painting and together with the artist Ann Maria Rimmer has produced a collaborative version of this work. He likes to explore the relationships between disorganisation and organisation using figurative and abstract forms which are highly coloured with metallic and iridescent paints.
Recently Tony has explored the use of new resins that enhance the appearance and form of his work.
He has had collaborative exhibitions with Ann Maria Rimmer at the Haworth Art gallery, Accrington, Masa Art Gallery, Bury and The Lytham Heritage Centre.
He is a member of the Bury Arts Collective and is grateful for member’s support and the opportunity to show work in Collective exhibitions and in the Bury Art Gallery shop and Bury Met Theatre.
His most recent collaboration has been with Ann Maria Rimmer – a garden sculpture ‘Za Boudicca’ – which was on display in a garden designed and exhibited by Joan Mulvenna at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live exhibition at the NEC , Birmingham in June 2015.
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