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Tony Seker is a Fort Lee based abstract artist who uses vibrant colors in a bold, dynamic and integrated way. Although his paintings have been likened to Gerhard Richter’s, they are most strongly influenced by Seker’s childhood experiences, when he spent many of his formative years moving from country to country as a refugee of the Lebanese civil war. Since that time, Seker has viewed the world as a random mosaic of people who are born into circumstances that may be out of their control. As a result, his paintings often employ his unique “mosaic” or “karma” styles. Seker has won a number of awards, including “Best Art” at “Bergen County’s Most Prestigious Juried Art Competition” (25th Annual Edgewater Art & Music Festival, 2016) and “Best of the Show” at the Fort Lee Artist Guild’s 2016 Annual Outdoor & Juried Art Show. Tony uses the moniker “Claxon du Soleil” which loosely translated from French is “a blast from the sun” and is representative of his explosive painting style. Visit ClaxonDuSoleil.com for images and additional information.
Tony spent many of his formative years moving from country to country as a refugee of the Lebanese civil war. While that experience of fleeing his home at a moment’s notice (never to return) and losing touch with his childhood friends was traumatic, he instinctively leaned on his creativity and humor to get through that daunting period. However, he never forgot how fortunate his family was to have escaped the danger, while others without that option remained in the war-torn country and experienced a different fate. Since that time, Tony has viewed the world as a mosaic of people who are randomly born into circumstances that may be out of their control, but who are often judged and treated differently/unequally, as if they were.
By the time that his family moved to the United States, Tony had developed some practical (and not-so-practical) talents. Using the time that he was sequestered in foreign hotels creatively, Tony entertained himself by developing games from scratch, painting model airplanes, mastering foreign accents (so he could make comical prank phone calls) and by spending endless hours learning trivial facts from The Guinness Book of World Records (e.g. memorizing Pi to 50 digits).
Tony’s parents, like those of many immigrant families, valued education and being career-minded over “creative” endeavors. As you can imagine, they were quite pleased with Tony’s accomplishments and career track: Bachelor’s degree in Math, MBA in Finance and employment on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers. Meanwhile Tony yearned for a different path, but he also believed that this trail was his way of honoring the sacrifices that his parents made for him to have a better future.
As Tony’s career evolved and he enjoyed the luxury of working from home, he was able to spend more time doing what he loved, especially painting. Working on canvas initially, he quickly found a home using vibrant colors, as if they had somehow unleashed a celebration, like finding a lost friend from his childhood. He was particularly drawn to the abstract results from moving creamy acrylics in big overlapping motions, resulting in the appearance of randomness, yet portraying interconnectedness reminiscent of his notion on our “mosaic” existence.
Tony uses the moniker “Claxon du Soleil” for his art, which translated literally means ‘the horn of the sun’ in French (figuratively, a blast from the sun). This idea came to him while recalling one of the infamous mentions of Lebanon in The Guinness Book of World Records – - ‘the greatest frequency of street honks (horns) per minute per square mile.’ In coming full circle, Tony feels that the name captures both his essence and that of his paintings. They are a loud and colorful blast of expression or joie de vivre, a sprinkling of humor and above all, a tapestry illustrating how we are all truly connected, yet randomly separated.