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Tony Fitzpatrick

Born: 1958 in Chicago
Connection to Illinois: Fitzpatrick lives in Chicago.

Biography: Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings, and drawings. Fitzpatrick's works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, childrens books, tattoo designs, and folk art. Fitzpatrick has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry, and, for the last three years, has written a column for Newcity. Fitzpatrick's art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC. The Neville Brothers' album Yellow Moon and Steve Earle's albums El Corazn and The Revolution Starts Now also feature Fitzpatrick's art. In 1992, Fitzpatrick opened a Chicago-based printmaking studio, Big Cat Press, which exists today as the artist exhibition space Firecat Projects. Before making a living as an artist, Fitzpatrick worked as a radio host, bartender, boxer, construction worker, and film and stage actor.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction; Illustrator; Non-Fiction; Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Dime Stories
ISBN: 194043050X OCLC: 892164284

Curbside Splendor Publishing 2015

A collection of weekly columns written from March 2012 through January 2014 for the Chicago free alternative newspaper Newcity, each accompanied by an original work of his art.

The Secret Birds
ISBN: 1940430763 OCLC: 923554531

Curbside Splendor Publishing 2016

A collection of Fitzpatrick's anecdotes, essays and collage art with birds as the central themes.