Tony Fitzpatrick

May 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tony Fitzpatrick - Chicago Caterpillar

Tony Fitzpatrick - Nickel Shark

Tony Fitzpatrick - The Jersey Owl

Tony Fitzpatrick - The Magic Cicada

I just discovered Tony Fitzpatrick’s (American 1958) work in an advert for Dowling Walsh Gallery in this month’s Art News.

Fitzpatrick’s work is a combination of collage, drawing, and painting inspired by his life in Chicago.   The animals/insects in his work have a lot of energy and power and the symbols surrounding each one seem to give the work special purpose.  It seems that no matter how disparate  the objects in the back ground may appear, they are actually all tied together through some the web of dots, stars, and diamonds.

I can see a strong reference to Sailor Jerry’s tattoo work, but the coloring/shaping and positioning of elements also remind me of some American quilts featuring applique (especially the banding and bars along the edges).

It’s always really exciting to find amazing new artists and their art – it gives me something to work towards!!!

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