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The Artist

Biography

As the grand-nephew of Sidney Nolan, Tony hails from Australian art royalty. Tony’s precocious talent was evident from an early age: with his first attempt, aged 19, he won Best Painting at the prestigious Wildlife Art Society of Australia awards. An artist of extraordinary talent, Tony specialises in subjects of the natural world, painted in the traditions of classical realism, although his recent move into Hyperrealism has led to a shift in his painting style. As an artist, his beliefs are very much informed by the philosophy of the New Realism movement which states that something beautiful, painted beautifully, is a justification in itself.  His paintings aim to inspire and bring a sense of wonder to the viewer. Tony is recognised internationally as the foremost living bird artist in Australia.

A keen and knowledgeable naturalist, Tony travels widely searching for new ideas and challenges. His field research has taken him throughout Australia, Europe, USA and Africa. However Tony’s passion for the Australian bush, its wonderful light and its diverse fauna and flora, keep him travelling throughout this continent. Tony has a genuine love for and deep knowledge of the birds and animals he paints.

What sets Tony’s work apart is that, unlike most artists, he studies the birds he paints in their natural environment so he can capture the unique attitude and movement of each species.

While best known as a bird artist, Tony’s horse portraits and African fauna studies are internationally recognised for their exceptional quality and accuracy. He is a founding member of Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching, a non-profit organisation whose aim is to create awareness of conservation issues through art.

 

Tony lives with his partner Nicky and works from his studio in the Victorian High Country surrounded by the birds and the bush that inspire him.