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Tony Sowersby has been a professional artist for nearly three decades. From the early 80’s to the present day he has worked continuously in the fields of both Community and Public Art most often as a muralist, but also as a cartoonist and comic book writer and artist.
tony has painted and directed hundreds of murals especially on the Mornington Peninsula but also around the state and in Tasmania, NSW, S.A. and Papua New Guinea.
Since 1998 he has won the People’s Choice for the Bald Archy Prize for satirical portraiture three times [1998, 2004 and 2005] and in 2005 he won the prize with his portrait of George Pell and Tony Abbott entitled “The Cardinal with his Abbott”.
He has been selected in the 2013 Bald Archy with his painting General titled ‘Quentin Crisp’ featuring a portrait of the Governor General and a Potato Crisp!
Earlier in his career Tony was active in organizing and showing in Artist run initiatives such as the IHT show (1983), the Loungeroom artists (1984), the Ten Years After Show (1989), ART Ltd (1991) and with the Artsworkers based at Trades Hall (1993-94). In 1998 The National Cartoon Gallery showed original drawings from his comic books. He has been a finalist in many art prizes including the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 John Glover Prize for landscape painting.
In recent years Tony’s paintings have been taking both a nostalgic and ironic look at suburban Melbourne especially at night.
His exhibitions this century have been
2004 The Frankston-Dandy Road Show, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong
2005 Arts on Burke, Inaugural Exhibition, Surrey Hills, Sydney.
2006-07 Paddy’s Bar, Trades Hall, Melbourne
2007 The Political Landscape, Gallery 112, St Kilda
2010 Without Pier Gallery
2011 Without Pier Gallery
2012 Caravan Music Club (as part of The Carnival of Suburbia)
2013 Without Pier Gallery
2015 Without Pier Gallery
2016 History goes Pop – Brightspace Gallery – St Kilda
2019 Winter Show - Without Pier Gallery