artist tony speirs
of graton california
for inquiries on work available please contact grace levine
call (707) 861 3904
current exhibition unreliable narrator through may 29th 2016
Born in Washington State and moved to the Bay Area when he was six. He grew up loving comics and cartoons, old science fiction and horror movies, nature and wildlife (especially snakes and insects)-- and drawing. After stints as a silk-screen printer, sign painter, and freelance artist he attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, studying life drawing and illustration. Trips with his family to Mexico and Guatemala influenced his work greatly, inspiring a mythical, surrealistic direction in his paintings.
Around the year 2000, Tony switched from oil paint to acrylics, which also coincided with a stylistic change in his work. Beginning with his love of fruit-crate labels, he began incorporating elements from other vintage pop-culture graphics (circus posters, comics and children’s book illustration, old game and toy box designs) as well as elements from other cultures (Chinese fire-cracker labels, Indian matchbook designs, Japanese anime, Islamic patterns, etc.) to form the basis for his current work
About five years ago, Tony (together with his wife and fellow artist, Lisa Beerntsen), founded a loose collaborative group of ever-changing members known as Art Farm Motel. The group has produced five large-scale pieces (originally destined for the Burning Man Art Festival in Nevada) and continues to work and exhibit.
Tony has shown his own paintings at many galleries throughout the Bay Area, and his works have been featured on the covers of a number of publications and in books. He and Lisa live and paint in Sonoma County, California.