Tony Allen 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, he saw a Michelangelo Antonioni movie called Blowup
and 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 from the USAF in 1969 and to supplement his painting career, 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 solo 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 develop his painting proficiency.
With a growing hunger to expand his horizons, 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 full on—Blue's artistry, began to emerge.
Many years later, Tony has achieved international acclaim— including an Award of Excellence from Nikon Corporation’s international competition, his work featured in the Art Buzz Collection
international volumes and the Gallery section of Petersen’s Photographic Magazine
. His work has also appeared in numerous other publications along with fine art galleries and various art shows.
Today, Tony continues to push the boundaries of his artistic direction—both with a camera and paint brush. His originals are created in acrylics and mixed media on canvas or wood—they tend to fall under the abstract expressionistic, social commentary label but Blue just paints what he feels. ”My art is my voice.”
- he says it best.