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In the Alley

acrylic on velvet, 44 x 40 inches, 2015

Taking Your Shit

acrylic on velvet, 36 x 52 inches, 2015

Alternator

acrylic on velvet, 58 x 42 inches.

Confrontation

acrylic on velvet, 32 x 46 inches, 2016.

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About Tony

Tony Shore is a Baltimore-based artist who paints on Black velvet. Tony is a recipient of a 2016 Rubys artist grant. He is the 2007 winner of The Walter and Janet Sondheim Prize as well as the 2005 winner of the Bethesda Painting Prize. He was a 2008 finalist for the Trawick Prize and has been the recipient of several Maryland State Arts Council individual artist awards. He has recently exhibited his work in New York at the George Adams Gallery, Sloan Fine Arts, and Five Myles Gallery. Locally, Tony... more

Street Fights

Theses are black velvet paintings based on fights and confrontations I have witnessed going up in Southwest Baltimore. These images, often tough for me to think about, have found ways to come back as subject in my work.

Uprising Paintings

This is a new series of paintings I've been working on in collaboration with photographer J.M. Giordano from the Baltimore Uprising. As an artist that grew up in Baltimore, the Uprising has had a major impact on the life of the city. I connected with many of the night time photos from the uprising and felt by preserving them on velvet, it could only help to preserve this important moment in Baltimore's history.

Black Velvet Paintings

One man's trash is another man's treasure - This often used phrase is one that truly resonates with me when considering my artwork.

I grew up in a flea market family; we supplemented much of our income through the flea market and yard sales trade. From a young age I learned to find value in places that others ignored. As an artist I want to provide a window for others to appreciate things they may often overlook or undervalue.

Velvet painting is a medium often written off as kitsch or lowbrow and looked down upon by the art world. I choose to address it with a reverence reserved for the finest linen. Velvet painting itself has a rich and interesting history, centuries old. My goal is to elevate this medium and make it worthy of galleries and museums.

The people that I paint, mostly family, friends, and neighbors, are often referred to as inner city hillbillies, or even worse, white trash. The places that I paint are usually seen as deteriorating slums or white trash ghettos. I see once proud neighborhoods and buildings, occupied by real people with real stories. I choose to paint them with sincerity, dignity, and honesty.

My subjects and my medium then, become intertwined, each with its own value and history. This mutual relationship is a driving force in my work.

Paintings 2

One man's trash is another mans treasure - This often used phrase is one that truly resonates with me when considering my artwork.

I grew up in a flea market family; we supplemented much of our income through the flea market and yard sales trade. From a young age I learned to find value in places that others ignored. As an artist I want to provide a window for others to appreciate things they may often overlook or undervalue.

Velvet painting is a medium often written off as kitsch or lowbrow and looked down upon by the art world. I choose to address it with a reverence reserved for the finest linen. Velvet painting itself has a rich and interesting history, centuries old. My goal is to elevate this medium and make it worthy of galleries and museums.

The people that I paint, mostly family, friends, and neighbors, are often referred to as inner city hillbillies, or even worse, white trash. The places that I paint are usually seen as deteriorating slums or white trash ghettos. I see once proud neighborhoods and buildings, occupied by real people with real stories. I choose to paint them with sincerity, dignity, and honesty.

My subjects and my medium then, become intertwined, each with its own value and history. This mutual relationship is a driving force in my work.

Paintings 3

One man's trash is another man's treasure - This often used phrase is one that truly resonates with me when considering my artwork.

I grew up in a flea market family; we supplemented much of our income through the flea market and yard sales trade. From a young age I learned to find value in places that others ignored. As an artist I want to provide a window for others to appreciate things they may often overlook or undervalue.

Velvet painting is a medium often written off as kitsch or lowbrow and looked down upon by the art world. I choose to address it with a reverence reserved for the finest linen. Velvet painting itself has a rich and interesting history, centuries old. My goal is to elevate this medium and make it worthy of galleries and museums.

The people that I paint, mostly family, friends, and neighbors, are often referred to as inner city hillbillies, or even worse, white trash. The places that I paint are usually seen as deteriorating slums or white trash ghettos. I see once proud neighborhoods and buildings, occupied by real people with real stories. I choose to paint them with sincerity, dignity, and honesty.

My subjects and my medium then, become intertwined, each with its own value and history. This mutual relationship is a driving force in my work.

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