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Artist of the month at Thibault Gallery on Bay Street: Artist and mariner​, Tony Gill

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Tony Gill with wife, Sarah
Tony Gill with wife, Sarah

Thibault Gallery is proud to announce that Tony Gill has been named the featured artist for the month of May. Born in London to a family of artists and sailors, Tony was educated at Oxford and the Royal Academy of Art. He first worked at British Vogue before moving to New York to work as a creative director for Ogilvy and Mather Advertising.

Following a successful career working in London and New York he left on a seven year odyssey sailing round the world with his wife Sarah and their son Ollie. Returning to the U.S. in 1998 Tony and his family moved to Newport R.I. and opened their own art gallery specializing in marine art. Tony also exhibited in New York and London where he became popular with collectors in the yachting world.

After spending many a winter escaping the rigors of the Northeast, he fell in love with Charleston where he has family ties to the early 17th century. The family spends winters in Key Largo and lives on James Island.

“Thibault Gallery has given me the opportunity to explore new directions in my art and provides me with creative freedom to experiment with images outside of my usual genre and price point. This is where I play,” said Tony.

“As my primary focus is marine art, with contemporary realism, accuracy is paramount. However the impression of space and serenity is just as important. The vibrant colors and smooth surface are achieved by a unique process based on the early French technique known as “eglomise”, a technique where the artist paints on glass. I use acrylic thermoplastic plate (100 times stronger than glass). Unlike traditional paintings on canvas, this technique allows my paintings to hang in many yachts and seaside homes without the problems of humidity associated with the environment.”

Stop by 815 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort anytime during May to see Tony’s work first hand. It will be well worth your trip.

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