Painter Tony Woods


This painting entitled ‘Color’ highlights his demand for equality, respect and love. There are symbols, colours, images that captures his experiences growing up during turbulent times in Northern Ireland. The fist represents imagery he recalls from Murals painted close to his home and he recalls from childhood. The fist is a call for freedom. The barbed wire is made up from a daisy chain, the colours in the centre depict his experiences in South Africa in 2013 where he spent sometime working and volunteering. The highly controversial ‘Brexit’ is represented by the circles on the bottom left and to the right under the word ‘Colour’ these were crafted using the Euro coin and Sterling coin which are the two currencies used in Ireland and both moving further apart just like Brexit and the polar opposite religions and ideologies that share the Island.
This painting entitled ‘Color’ highlights his demand for equality, respect and love. There are symbols, colours, images that captures his experiences growing up during turbulent times in Northern Ireland. The fist represents imagery he recalls from Murals painted close to his home and he recalls from childhood. The fist is a call for freedom. The barbed wire is made up from a daisy chain, the colours in the centre depict his experiences in South Africa in 2013 where he spent sometime working and volunteering. The highly controversial ‘Brexit’ is represented by the circles on the bottom left and to the right under the word ‘Colour’ these were crafted using the Euro coin and Sterling coin which are the two currencies used in Ireland and both moving further apart just like Brexit and the polar opposite religions and ideologies that share the Island.

Tony Woods is an Irish artist who favours painting abstract dimensions inspired by feeling and emotion. His many works range for the countryside and seas in his native Ireland and indeed from his travels to distant places like South Africa and Alaska.



‘You’ll be alright’ this painting showcases an old imagery of Dublin City Centre, the capital of Ireland and the Hal’Penny Bridge which creates a well walked pathway across the Rover Liffy. The only colour in this scene are a pair of Roller Skater boots which have had one of the wheels broken and are laying strewn on the foot of the Bridge. There aren’t images of people in the picture but the words ‘you’ll be alright your mammy will get you new ones’ comes from a homeless person on the bridge and out of sight shouting the words of reassurance to a little broken hearted girl, not visible in the painting.
‘You’ll be alright’ this painting showcases an old imagery of Dublin City Centre, the capital of Ireland and the Hal’Penny Bridge which creates a well walked pathway across the Rover Liffy. The only colour in this scene are a pair of Roller Skater boots which have had one of the wheels broken and are laying strewn on the foot of the Bridge. There aren’t images of people in the picture but the words ‘you’ll be alright your mammy will get you new ones’ comes from a homeless person on the bridge and out of sight shouting the words of reassurance to a little broken hearted girl, not visible in the painting.

Some of his works also focus on human movements & events. His use of colour & imagery, captures his voice and outrage at such events like the controversy surrounding the George Floyd killing, he also combines his own experiences growing up in Northern Ireland during a time of sectarianism, political and social unrest.


‘Punk n Paws’  This painting is an emotional outburst painted at this start of 2021 and the beginning of another year of COVid restrictions, working from home, virtual meetings, it also captures the unrest in Russia with elections and a statement aimed at free the PussyRioters (feminist movement). The picture of paws is a take on Pause the year just like 2020 with COVid running rampant.
‘Punk n Paws’ This painting is an emotional outburst painted at this start of 2021 and the beginning of another year of COVid restrictions, working from home, virtual meetings, it also captures the unrest in Russia with elections and a statement aimed at free the PussyRioters (feminist movement). The picture of paws is a take on Pause the year just like 2020 with COVid running rampant.

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