Born in Kerry, Southwest Ireland, Tony studied Fine Art at Crawford College of Art & Design, also gaining his Higher Diploma in Art Education. With a disciplined approach in his study of horse anatomy, Tony puts a great emphasis on technical execution. As with much of his work the void of background & simplicity of the pieces serve to highlight the natural physical perfection of these animals. The horse & the beauty of its majestic form & spirit are the basis of his canvas. The result of his inimitable combination of an innate aptitude for draughtsmanship & his lifelong passion for horses is a body of beautifully evocative paintings that capture the unique power, grace & nobility of the equine form. Anyone who appreciates classical elegance cannot but be drawn in.
Tony's love of horses stems from his childhood, some of his earliest memories are those of his grand-uncle Mossie working in his dark smoke-filled forge, shoeing local horses & ponies. Influenced by the Renaissance Masters, he takes his style of drawing from the Silverpoint pieces of Da Vinci & drawings of Michelangelo - elements of both can be seen in his drawings & portraits of horses. His work now forms part of many private & corporate collections worldwide. Additionally, Tony has hosted several Master Class Workshops & has embarked on an exciting new venture as Resident Artist at the Equine Art Retreat in Oklahoma, America.
As a member of Sample-Studios, Tony contributes greatly to the community of artists by providing mentoring and advice for young emerging artists wishing to improve their technical ability, approaching galleries and buyers, improving their media presence and developing their professional approach to their artwork practice. While his work is quite traditional in its medium, he has been an invaluable member of the studios by providing this much needed advice for contemporary artists wishing to improve their approach to work.
Solo show in April 2016 ‘The Equus Connection’, The Doorway Gallery, Dublin. Dublin Horse Show – RDS, July 2016. Autumn 2016: in the UK, displaying a new body of work at the Horse of the Year Show in The NEC, Birmingham. Commissioned by TRM Ireland to create 7 award pieces for their Newmarket Race Day. - October 2016. 2017 exhibitions: Solo Show at Gallery D'Avignon - Montreal, Canada. Exhibitor at RDS Dublin Horse Show.
Painting & Photography workshop in Austria – April. Photography course , Madrid – September. Olympia - exhibition in London, Dec 2017.