Mediterranean Morning, 1990
acrylic on canvas, 22" × 12"
Wicklow Farmer: Portrait of Sean Kavanaugh, 1991
acrylic on canvas, 30" × 38"
Tony Kew Artist Biography
Tony Kew immigrated to Canada in 1967 from Johannesburg, South Africa when he was thirty years old. During his career in commercial art in Toronto and New York, he received over thirty awards of merit and creativity. He began painting seriously in 1974. Almost ten years later, in 1983 he was chosen to design images for Canada Post and for Canadian Embassies throughout the world.
Tony Kew's style is characterized by precise and detailed brush strokes. He often portrays people and over time many of his subjects were public and sports figures. Kew's technique of presenting very real looking objects and characters in unusual, imaginative combinations hints at an intuitive disclosure of the relations of things which exist slightly beyond normal appearances. His paintings are imbued with a feeling of stillness and calm, yet are often composed of unexpected elements which bespeak an elusive hyper-reality.
His work has been collected, among others, by Imperial Oil of Canada and Texaco Canada Inc. as well as by numerous private collectors.