How A High School Art Project Changed Tony Spencer’s Life

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INSPIRATION BY ASSIGNMENT

Passionate Singer Turned Passionate Visual Artist

During his childhood, Tony formally played seven musical instruments. He recorded his first song when he was in junior high; and in high school, he proclaimed music to be “the art dearest to his heart”.  Spencer continued singing with local gospel and R&B singing groups.

“Spencer’s greatest inspirations are Jacob Lawrence, Alonzo Davis, and Salvador Dali.”

Tony Jerome Spencer was raised in rural Anne Arundel County, in Maryland, and nurtured by a community of relatives, including mother, father, and six siblings.  The men in his family were longshoreman, farmers, and hunters, while women, including his mother, were domestic workers and private nurses.

“From the outset, Tony’s artistic creations have been abstract.”

Spencer’s greatest inspirations are Jacob Lawrence, Alonzo Davis, and Salvador Dali.

From the outset, Tony’s artistic creations have been abstract.  He was content to channel his creative energy into his vocals, until his high school art teacher assigned him an inspiring project.  He picked up a paintbrush and has not looked back.  His early works were created on muslin, using latex paint as a base, and acrylic to finish.

Recent Exhibitions: City of Annapolis in City Hall, 49 WEST Gallery and Winebar, Grandiosity 2-The Private Jet Hanger Event, BWI, Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, and the Northern Arundel Cultural Arts Society Events.

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