Tony French is a digital artist and film maker who adapts existing art, photography and film and gives it a light hearted twist.
The less than subtle additions to famous movie stills and classic paintings add new layers of humour and meaning to instantly recognisable cultural touch points. The additions make the viewer look and think again, though many are light hearted they also force the viewer to reconsider what they know and think they know about the subjects at hand.
I first cam across a Tony French print at Creative Debuts, an amazing concept to help unestablished artists to learn how to become an artist. Many kids will come out of school with a portfolio of work and an idea to become artists but have no idea about how to put on shows, what commissions to offer, how to price art - Creative Debuts help new talent through this maze and help to establish new artists.
In their showroom they have a number of pieces on the wall for sale, I was really taken with the Image Buffalo (1st image in series above).
There is a lot of humour i these works and I love the colours and ideas. The Creative Debuts strap line is something like 'buy art from living artists, the dead dont need the money.'
These works bring a smile to the face which good art should.