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Tony Seker is a multicultural artist, originally from Beirut, Lebanon. His abstract painting style largely stems from his childhood refugee experience. After fleeing the Lebanese Civil War in 1975 he abruptly dispensed of the camouflage colors used on his model warplanes and, in protest, began to apply bold & colorful paint. In retrospect, the familiar medium became a comfortable way to express his despair and anti-war sentiment. Today his art continues to express aspects of his past with the consciousness of the present and the hope for a more peaceful future.
Seker approaches painting much like a writer records his/her thoughts in a journal. However the “action” behind his abstract methods truly reflects his personality and emotions, leaving a story of sorts with scant need for words. While there may be elements of his work which invoke comparisons in style to well known artists such as Gerhard Richter or Jackson Pollock, Seker's most impactful influences actually came from outside of the art world. Most notably, the random and over-exaggerated movements of his favorite physical comedians/performers (such as Peter Sellers & Victor Borge) inspired Tony’s “action” techniques.
Seker created the playful moniker “Claxon du Soleil” for his art, which loosely translated from French means 'blast from the sun.' This idea came to him while recalling one of the infamous achievements of Lebanon in The Guinness Book of World Records: ‘the greatest frequency of street honks (horns) per minute per square mile.’ In coming full circle, Tony feels that “Claxon du Soleil" captures both his essence and style while also acknowledging the origin of his artistic expression. His paintings are a loud and colorful blast of expression or joie de vivre, a sprinkling of humor, and above all, a tapestry illustrating how we are all truly connected, yet randomly separated.
Seker has won multiple juried awards, including "Artist Choice Award" as voted by 52 tri-state artists in NY, NJ and CT for EYE OF THE TIGER, Best In Show for “KARMA” and “BAZOOKA JOE” and others. In 2018, Seker was the lead artist at Fort Lee Fashion Week where his art was featured. He led a team of artists who together produced a 40 by 11 foot street-art style mural as the fashion show’s backdrop & catwalk’s centerpiece. He has been the VP of the Fort Lee Artist Guild since 2017.
In addition to Art Works, Seker’s work can regularly be found at exhibits in the NYC metro area. His work has been exhibited at numerous venues including in SOHO, Hoboken, Brooklyn, Santa Fe, NM & Cedar City, UT. His collectors span the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.