Tony Fitzpatrick is a pit bull, but all dogs are welcome here. We are pleased to have Chicago's favorite son participating in the Vintage Sleaze Contemporary Series! Tony is number 32.
There has been much written about Mr. Fitzpatrick, so I will let him speak for himself…except to say a chalkboard portrait he did of Bettie Page in 1988 first made me love them both. Bettie is now in a private collection. Tony is HERE.
Tony will like the pit bull analogy as he loves dogs. He loves everything, though he won't let you know it. From Studs Terkel to Bettie Page, let's find out what makes the second city's alpha dog bark AND bite. I HAD questions, but they are superfluous, and Tony suffers no fools. Mr. Fitzpatrick discusses his work here in 13 minutes.
I knew Studs for 31 years -- he was and is my hero -- he was our city's moral compass as a society--at every juncture in his 96 years he was on the right side of history--and his principles cost him dearly -- he didn't work for over a decade after being black-listed...he traveled with the freedom riders, and was a staunch proponent of labor and working people-- he had immense courage and he never took himself too seriously--I miss him every day....
I start work about a quarter to 6 every morning -- usually this is the best time to write -- it's quiet and I can write in my diary or make notes and have coffee.
When the sun comes up I start drawing and making the day's work ready.... I usually work on etchings in progress first--then make Drawings and Drawing/collages--Around 10 I go to the gym and swim my laps.
I rarely go out for lunch -- about once a week -- it's usually business related and it's quick.
from about 1 to 9 pm I work--sometimes in the late afternoon I nap-- but mostly wait til work is over and them I read, or write if I've finished something. I work for myself, so I have the luxury of marshaling my own time-- I have a housekeeper and some assistants -- who answer the phone and discourage any interruptions.
In 1988 -- I was beginning to have a real career -- at the end of 88 I did an album cover for the Neville Brothers-- and never worked for anyone else again--the Bettie page was one of many I made of her because she was the sexual icon you could bring home to Mom-- there was something ....wholesome about her --even in Spank pictures--she was having fun....she gave a wink that let you know even nice girls liked sex...
hope these help Jim -- sorry I'm so tardy in getting to these-- i've been up to my sack in work....
Tony Fitzpatrick on Facebook
Tony Fitzpatrick's WEBSITE
Tony Fitzpatrick on WIKI
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