In the rich pages of this unique collection, Kelly has captured the potency of a full scale photographic exhibit. Ground breaking for both its innovative layout, dimensions and the scale of the images presented, this limited edition piece cements Kelly’s position as one of the most original and provocative photographers of our time. Each image works as a stand- alone, tongue-in-cheek social commentary on the power divide between man and woman. While every image invites layered interpretation, in the eyes of the photographer, men are reduced to powerless pawns in the presence of a beautiful female. In TONYS TOYS, the woman always comes out on top. While this delicious collection of dynamic, vibrant and often explicit images will undoubtedly elicit varied reactions from the viewer, this artist’s chief goal is first and foremost to stir, move and entertain.
About the Artist
A riot of colour, a lick of gloss and a touch of irony – welcome to the sunshine-drenched, palm tree-filled world of Tony Kelly. Cinematic, stylish, theatrical and very, very sexy, Kelly’s work is a blissful brew of colour and gloss. It is little wonder he is often referred to as a modern-day Helmut Newton. Tony has a diverse and action-packed background behind the camera, and these myriad experiences have helped to create his current high-end works. His foray into the rarefied world of fine art comes after a long and scenic career path. Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1975, Tony cut his teeth as a photojournalist, capturing the burgeoning celebrity culture that sprung up in a city embracing a new found wealth. His quirky spin on daily life and cultural idiosyncrasies that surrounded him quickly became his distinctive signature style. Today, Tony is based in Los Angeles. Although highly polished, his work is playfully subversive which forces you to stop and think, inviting us to venture beneath the glossy veneer and confront stereotypes, taboos and role reversals.