Tony Seker is a multicultural artist, originally from Beirut, Lebanon. His abstract painting style largely stems from his childhood refugee experience. After fleeing the Lebanese Civil War in 1975 he abruptly dispensed of the camouflage colors used on his model warplanes and, in protest, began to apply bold & colorful paint. In retrospect, the familiar medium became a comfortable way to express his despair and anti-war sentiment. Today his art continues to express aspects of his past with the consciousness of the present and the hope for a more peaceful future.
I approach painting similar to the way a writer records their thoughts in a journal. The “action” behind my abstract methods truly reflects my personality and emotions, leaving behind a story but without any words. Action painting involves non-traditional techniques, such as etching, scraping, splattering and moving paint instead of the traditional use of a brush. My creative process often begins by staring at an empty canvas and harnessing my energy and sentiments. This elevates particular colors, movements, shapes and tools into my consciousness. In some cases, that dance with the surface is playful (like Clint Eastwood staring down a gunslinger in a Spaghetti western) and at other times it is emotionally charged (like remembering someone who is suffering or has passed). In all of my works there are both elements of randomness and design. These aspects parallel key truths in our lives, such as the randomness of where we are born, who are our role models, religion, socioeconomic status, the quality of education, healthcare, war, peace and so on.
While there may be elements of my work which invoke comparisons in style to well known artists such as Gerhard Richter or Jackson Pollock, my most impactful influences actually came from outside of the art world. Most notably, the random and over-exaggerated movements of my favorite physical comedians/performers (such as Peter Sellers, Bruce Lee & Victor Borge) inspired my “action” techniques.
Seker has won multiple juried awards and appeared in numerous industry magazines globally. His art is available through a number of critically-acclaimed online platforms, such as Artsy and Singulart, and featured at galleries in Paris and New York.