After Toronto artist Tony Taylor completed his drawing and painting degree at OCAD University, he went on to pursue his Masters in painting at the University of the Arts in London, England. Taking advantage of the opportunity to learn and live in Europe, Tony traveled to a number of cities that are rich in art and political history. These experiences shaped him and the direction of his paintings; paying particular attention to how artists were responding to political concerns about elections in Dublin, corruption in Athens, and economy concerns in Berlin.
Tony's collection of politically inspired paintings started as reflection on the meetings of powerful people (politicians, leadership debates, the Royal family), and how, to his way of thinking, they undermine democracy, often leading to violently disrupting and infringing on the civilians and cities in which they are hosted. These well-publicized events highlight an opportunity for world leaders and corporations to bump elbows, share anecdotes and discuss economic philosophy, disregarding any opportunity for public participation or representation. For Tony these events resemble a gathering of the animal powerhouses from the financial and political jungles where only the wealthy survive. In his work, Tony replaces the faces of these leaders and corporate representatives with the animals that he feels reflect a truer sense of their character. Over time he has expanded his reach into other well known and influential people, including icons from music, television, sports, and business.