Born in Westminster, London in 1965, Tony Karpinski began painting and drawing from the age of 4 ½. Receiving art prizes every year throughout his school years, Tony went on to study the techniques of Great Masters such as Rembrandt and Rubens. He was privately commissioned to execute several pastiches of Dutch Masters paintings for private clients.
From 1985 to 1995, Tony worked in advertising and publishing as a commercial illustrator. Inspired by the African wildlife paintings of Wilhem Kuhnert, Tony took his first trip to Africa in 1995 and his first step towards a career as a wildlife artist.
Tony has recently made an exciting an innovative departure from his wildlife oeuvre and had embarked upon a series of life studies. This time the human figure is the object of his attention and particularly the female form.
Whilst this work is executed with great attention to detail bringing it in to the realms of ‘hypo-realism’ (which has succeeded ‘photo-realism’ of the seventies and eighties) there is without doubt in its dramatic lighting effect, homage to the ‘Caravagesque’.