Tony A. Blue was a very creative young boy in the early ‘60s, constantly trying to sketch and paint what his imagination could see and he still does that today. In 1967, when he saw a Michelangelo Antonioni movie called Blowup, he decided to add photography to his creative endeavors. He first learned his new craft through trial and error, then with military on-the-job training as a still photographer in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Upon his discharge in 1969 and to supplement his music career (that’s a whole other story), he enrolled in Los Angeles City College to further his photography studies. While there, his work was recognized by his instructor and Tony was asked to do a one-man exhibit, on campus, in the Presidents Hall – his first show, “The Many Moods of Women”, was born. That marked the beginning of his unique and significant contribution to the vast and glorious art world.
In the mid ‘70s and following the completion of his studies, he opened a photography studio in Los Angeles, California specializing in the fields of portraiture, fashion and glamour. He soon became one of the most sought after photographers in the Hollywood area. All the while, continuing to create and paint too.
With a growing hunger to expand his horizons, Tony Blue’s creative yearning took over and with the ‘80s came change. He moved back to his home state of Florida to allow his creative juices to flow into a new direction – T.A. “splatter” Blue and his original work began to emerge.
Many years later, Tony has achieved international acclaim – including an Award of Excellence from Nikon Camera Corporation’s international competition, being featured in the Gallery section of Petersen’s Photographic Magazine and his work has appeared in numerous other publications along with fine art galleries and art shows.
Tony continues to “move & shake” the boundaries of his art. Frequently, but not always, Tony combines two media to create his work. He likes to combine and blend multiple images in much of his photography work and T.A. Blue Originals are created in acrylics and mixed media. "My art is my voice." he says it best.
re: Original work...
My abstract expressionistic work is mostly inspired by American issues and events. Most of my work includes a social commentary element - my art is my voice.
re: Photography based work...
I tend to reflect mostly on an earlier, simpler time in America. Frequently (but not always), I blend several images to produce my work. I toss them into a pot of simmering creativity, stir in a pinch or two of graphic spice for flavor and, if all goes as planned, out comes a very unique and tasty, visual stew. I havenâ€™t abandoned traditional photography (itâ€™s very dear to me) but, depending on the images and the story Iâ€™m trying to tell, I like to manipulate, blend and tweak things a little beyond the "norm". Due to these unique and personal techniques, I call my photography based work "blutography" (which is my form of photo-illustration).