Tony Fitzpatrick Nickel History

“Good wishes for a relaxing Labor Day.” Labor Day came about in 1882 and was originally celebrated on a Tuesday in accordance with the Central Labor Union prior to being passed by National legislation as an observed holiday. For a time, Labor Day featured parades thumping and chests bumping in celebration of “real” blood and sweat of the country’s workforce. (Pink Witch, above).

A great laborer of the arts is Chicago fine artist Tony Fitzpatrick who has no problem telling it like it is. In fact, the laborers of old are the rough and tumble types who possess compelling stories that add to the fabric of his narrative, an ability like no other. (Pictured above, Misfits, Blue Girl).

Tony Fitzpatrick works his tail end off to empower many who may have fallen on hard times, or have experienced a string of bad luck looking for work and ready to make a change. Tony Fitzpatrick adopts many, schools them, pushes them to ask more of themselves and somehow find a way to turn it around by working around the studio while instigating inspiring change around the neighborhood. (Pictured above, Bazooka Hulk, Ice Man).

Mr. Fitzpatrick is someone who incorporates the practice of what he preaches in each and every art piece, as he labors over his drafting table creating micro experiences of life’s treasures—the people within his world that add dimension to his visual and spoken works—symbols of real life. “Real” blood, sweat and tears. (Pictured above, Tracy of Chicago, Orange Beast).

Tony Fitzpatrick’s latest exhibition features a series of etchings, “Nickel History: Nation of Heat” in gallery 2 at the Pierogi gallery in NY opening September 9 at 7PM and on display through October 9, 2011. Each imaginative work is a story worth reading and talking about. Tony Fitzpatrick studio visit.

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