Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tony Fitzpatrick: Journey of a Latter Day Flaneur

Essay by D. Eric Bookhardt

The Queen of Pink Acid - Click Images to Enlarge

As an artist whose work celebrates the life of city streets, especially but not exclusively those of his native Chicago, Tony Fitzpatrick defies categorization. In an age when American contemporary art can sometimes seem predictable, his prints, drawings and collages may appear paradoxical. While featuring familiar symbolic or iconic imagery derived from the urban or natural landscape, they often exude an exotic or archaic tone, as if products of a mindset only obliquely related to the preoccupations of the contemporary art world. And that may indeed be the case. An autodidact who never went to college, Fitzpatrick began his career as a boxer, bouncer and bartender... More>>