Tony Magar

"The Poem" Contemporary Orange and Yellow Toned Abstract Expressionist Painting 2021



Mixed Media


Colorful abstract expressionist painting by London-born artist Tony Magar. The work features an energetic arrangement of light yellow geometric shapes set against a rich, orange background. Signed, titled, and dated on reverse. Currently unframed, but options are available.

Artist Biography

Born in London in 1936, Tony Magar studied at the Royal Albert School of Speech and Literature. The artist traveled extensively for five years through Africa, China, and India. Magar's first artistic endeavor was as an apprentice sculptor to Mark di Suvero, but by 1978 he became focused on painting. His painting career took off when he moved to New York and began working with a group of abstract artists. Magar worked with and became friends with artists such as Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Robert Rauschenberg, and was one of the founders of Park Place, the first gallery in SoHo to show abstract art. During the 1950s, Magar experimented with his paintings by lighting the lacquer that covered his painting collages, creating what he termed "burn" paintings. These burn paintings resulted in two fires that ravaged his studio. Eventually he moved to Denver where he taught sculpture at the University of Denver. He continued to paint and carry out commissions about the Vietnam war and the politics of the Nixon era. Magar equates "expression" in art with making a statement that results in a resonance between the painting and the viewer.


H 24 in. x W 20 in. x D 1.5 in.