Location: United States
Tony Seker's art is dynamic and bursting with color. His "action" painting style blossomed during his nomadic early teen years. After fleeing the Lebanese Civil War in the 70's, he transitioned from painting with traditional camouflage to bright colors on his plastic model fighter planes in opposition to war itself. As a coping mechanism, and to elevate his spirits, he occupied himself with humor and cinema while also relishing creative endeavors, such as painting and playing pranks. The cultural and artistic influences from that time period, in particular Peter Sellers, Victor Borge and Bruce Lee, manifested in his artistic expression as he channeled some of their most evocative characteristics. Today, Seker carries forward those early influences, fusing together elements of playfulness and optimism into his art; shining a light on life’s randomness to inspire greater understanding and compassion for all people. Seker is very active on the art scene with multiple exhibits each year and is the recipient of numerous juried awards. He resides near New York City and previously lived in Paris, London and Beirut.
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Creative personality and artist Tony Seker, A.K.A. “Claxon Du Soleil,” an abstract painter whose loud and colorful works of art fit perfectly with his self-created French moniker roughly meaning “blast from the sun.”
As a young boy growing up in the Middle East during volatile times, I loved the familiar sounds emanating from the backgammon tables. The roll of the dice, the wooden game pieces being smashed onto the tables, and the animated sounds of gamesmanship were all part of the omnipresent and unyielding joie de vivre. The acoustics coupled with the fragrant aromas from incomparable food, the fertile gardens and smoky hookahs made me feel like the world was alright - at least for that day. I imagine that all of these elements centered around the backgammon tables in the Middle East have existed throughout the history of civilization.
The oldest backgammon set in the world was unearthed beneath the rubbles of the legendary Shahr-e Sukhteh (or "Burnt City”) in southeastern Iran. One of the oldest known cities in the world, it is now a 5,200-year-old UNESCO World Heritage site. It burned down three times before it was abandoned for unknown reasons in 1800 B.C. The term “mars” (in Farsi) refers to a dominant backgammon victory (double value). My title "Mars in the Burnt City" is a double entendre, fusing together the city’s history of fires with backgammon and the red planet which Chinese astronomers call the “fire star.” In my painting you can see three game pieces - the rest is history.
Acrylic on wood panel
36" x 48" x 2"
Growing up painting plastic war planes, The Red Baron and his plane made a bold statement. This abstract captures the imagery of the frenetic aerial dogfight.
48" x 36"
Acrylic/canvas (framed in black floater frame)
Abstract painting honoring the legendary Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol.
Acrylic on wrapped canvas
36" x 36"
Two weeks submerged in the beauty and culture of southern France and Monaco can inspire anyone. These are a series of paintings activated by my visit.