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tony wells
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Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights

ARTIST STATEMENT: My works often work with color as a progressive harmonic movement and rhythm within the work's structure. Others reflect something felt purely visually. I explore that which gives us light, a light we are compelled to share in stories, understanding and wonder. I will alter space to allow objects to present themselves as they do in our minds rather than the camera of our eyes. I will use blocks of structural shapes to build a design. The manipulation of old magazines, books and image sources allowed me to pull my media from other peoples' trash which inspires resourcefulness and an excitement of creating something from nothing. Most of my collages are made up of several hundred separate pieces of paper with carefully chosen image, color and structural properties. I am self taught and work deliberately. My other favored medium is pencils. I prefer portraits because the subtle beauty of facial expression is endless because of our acute sensitivity to it. I will work with watercolor and acrylic and combine media. I also will work digitally using what I have learned from other mediums.

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Art Exhibitions:

Summer 2020 Juried Exhibition, Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC,NY July 7-25, 2020
Where we were, where we are and where we want to be, Gallery 18, Bronx, NY Feb. 2020
Holiday Silent Auction Show, Gallery 18, Bronx, NY
Unseen, Art Loisaida Foundation, Theater of the New City New York, NY
Colors of Fall, Blue Door Art Center, 10/2019 to 11/2019, Yonkers, NY
Of Kings and Queens, Riverfront Art Gallery, 1/2019 to 2/2019, Yonkers, NY
Objet Trouve, Riverfront Art Gallery, 11/2018 to 1/2019, Yonkers, NY
The Creative Climate Awards, Human Impacts Institute, Sept - Oct 2018, New Yok, NY
Wide Open, BWAC, May to June 2018, Red Hook, Bklyn, NY
New Rochelle 102nd Annual Open Juried Show, New Rochelle Public Library, Oct. 2017, New Rochelle, NY
Annual Exhibit, Blue Door Art Gallery, July-August 2017, Yonkers, NY
Prospect Park Alliance Connective Project, Prospect Park, July 2017, Bklyn, NY
The 9th Juried Exhibition, Blue Door Art Gallery, January, 2017 Yonkers, NY
Collage Art of Tony Wells and Bert Taffet, Edward and Bernice Wenger Center for the Arts-SJJCCC, December 2016 - April 2017, East Hills, NY
88th Grand National Exhibit, Salmungundi Gallery, The American Artist Professional League, Nov., 2016, NY, NY
Color of Sound, Van Der Plas Gallery, Oct. 2016 New York, NY
St. Johns Riverside Hospital, Lobby, Oct. - Dec. 2016, Yonkers, NY
Maimonides Medical Center, Executive Board Room, Sept. - Nov. 2016, Brooklyn, NY
National Juried Exhibition, First Street Gallery, June 2016, Chelsea, New York, NY
Recycle, Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, May - June 2016, Brooklyn, NY
Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memory, Featured Artist, Feb. 2016, Kings Family Court, Brooklyn, NY
I Breathe with You - Augusta Savage Gallery, February 2016, UMass at Amherst, MA
Up for Debate - BRIC, February 2016, Bric House, Brooklyn, NY
Rights-Art for Activism by Amnesty International, October, 2015, Cafe Forte, Bklyn, NY
Au Naturel, June, 2015, Salt and Fat, Sunnyside Queens, NY
Springtime Surge Art Show, June, 2015, Riverton Studios, LES, NYC, NY
The Migration, January - February, 2015, Arsenal Gallery, Central Park, NY, NY
Celebrate Black History Month Flyer, February, 2015, The Tribune Society, Bklyn, NY
Open Call: The Artist Studio, January - February, 2015, Bric House, Brooklyn, NY
Happiness, January - April, 2015, JCC Sid Jacobson Gallery, East Hills, NY
She Is Still Here, October - November, 2014, Rivington Music Studio, L.E.S., NYC, NY
Emotion of Dreams September - October, 2014, Artisitrun Gallery, L.I.C., Queens, NY
Fat Tuesdays with Stoops. August 20, 2014. Restoration Plaza. Brooklyn, NY
Viridian Artist 25th International Juried Exhibition, 7/2014, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY
Stoops Bed Stuy, Step Up Step Out, June 2014 and 2015, Brooklyn, NY
Greenpoint Gallery Annual Drawing Show. September 2013, Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Hispanic Heritage “Familias”. September 2013, 2014 2015. Brooklyn Family Court, NY
A Patchwork Story. February 2013. Mrytle Windows Gallery. Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Friends School Black History, Contemporary Art Poster, Feb., 2013, Bklyn, NY
Arts in Embassies. 2012 through 2015, U.S. Department of State, Mabane, Swaziland
Strange Glue - Traditional and Avant-Garde Collage. September 2012 - November 2012. The Thompson Gallery at the Cambridge School of Weston. Weston, Mass.
The Big Queens Art Show. September 2012, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. Queens, NY
Tribune Society Black History Month Art Exhibition February 2010. Brooklyn, NY
Metropolis Apocalypse, October 2008, Brooklyn, NY


Summer 2020 Juried Exhibition by Blue Mountain Gallery, show review, 7/20
Interview on Bronxnet TV for "Where we were, where we are and where we want to be" at Gallery 18, Bronx, NY Feb 2020
Curated and gave a gallery talk for "Where we were, where we are and where we want to be" at Gallery 18, Bronx, NY Feb. 2020
David Handschuh, New York Law Journal, Courthouse Workers Show Work, April 24, 2017 and June 15, 2018
First place winner by curator Leigh Taylor Mickelson at the The 9th Juried Exhibition, Blue Door Art Gallery, January, 2017
Michael Florio, Local Artwork on Display, July 1, 2015, Sunnyside Post
Nicole Jones, The culture list – “The Migration”, February 11, 2015, Vanity Fair
Spare Times, “The Migration”, February 6, 2015, The New York Times
The Daily Plant, January 20, 2015, NYC Parks Community Celebrates Black History Month
Grand Prize Winner Happiness Exhibit at JCC Gallery, East Hills, NY
Alley Oliver, Bed Stuy’s Own Stoop Art Show, June 2014, A.R.T.S.Y Magazine
Sally Mansfield, Curator, Art in Embassies - Mbabane, June 2013, U.S. Department of State
Broadcast, Myrtle Ave. Businesses Celebrate Black History Month through Art, February 19, 2013, News 12 Connecticut
Lore Croghan, Sew Fine: Art inspired by patchwork quilts, February 1, 2013, pg35, New York Daily News
Alicia Faxon, A Monumental Exhibition for Collage, January 2013 pg. 16, Art New England
News and Notes, Collage at 100 at Thompson Gallery, November 2012 pg. 6, Kolaj
James Foritano, Collage at 100 - Strange Glue, November 2012 pg. 10, Artscope
Anna Marie Costella, Eclectic Art at JCAL’s “Big Drawing Show” September 20, 2012, pg. 28, Queens Chronicle
Staff Report, Celebration of Collage at The Cambridge School of Weston, September 5, 2012, Weston Town Crier
Samuel Newhouse, Decorating the Walls, February 26, 2010 pg.12 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Samuel Newhouse, Artist Show Off at Supreme Court, November 3, 2008 pg. 10 Brooklyn Daily Bulletin
Veronica Bullard, Art Show Winner Interview, May 5, 2005 pg.5 Family Court Chronicle
Sukie Park, Artwork collaboration with poem by Ted Lee Oct. 21, 2004 pg. A-15 Korea Daily

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