Blog: New Artist | Studio Interview | Tony Dennis a.k.a Tape Deck Art
New Artist Introduction
Tony Dennis a.k.a Tape Deck Art
'Giant Pin Badges'
'My pin badges are of a vintage look. I want each of them to have their own character. My goal was to create an over-sized pin badge that someone has just rediscovered from their youth.'
We have something for art lovers, pop-culture and music enthusiasts alike with the introduction of the giant badge work of an artist new to the gallery, Tony Dennis a.k.a Tape Deck Art. Here is a studio interview with the artist.
How did you come to be an artist?
I’ve always had a passion for the graphical side of art and excelled at this in school. When leaving school I started a career in screen printing which I did for a few years. It wasn’t until my early forties I rediscovered my love for art and set upon creating art that had an element of fun.
Describe your work in three words
Nostalgic, Unique, Eye-catching
What draws you to creating pop art/mixed-media based work?
My love of nostalgia and items I discarded in my youth.
Does the area or country in which you live or any other areas, influence your work?
Not really, I take influence from other artists, television, music and art galleries.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Everyday life and my passion for music is my main influence to my pieces. If it wasn’t for music I don’t think I would have become an artist.
Do you listen to any favourite music, radio or podcasts while working in the studio?
6 Music is my preferred listening choice in my studio and even in my forties I still get a buzz from discovering new bands. 6 music is essential part to the way I work. My musical tastes include artists like The Smiths, Pixies, At The Drive In, Interpol and more recently The Twilight Sad and Idles. Don’t think I have ever listened to a podcast. Maybe I should.
If you could invite three artists or art influencers (living or deceased) to dinner who would they be?
Mel Bochner, Robert Indiana and Andy Warhol
What drew you to exhibit at the Watergate Street Gallery – do you have a criteria for choosing the galleries where you would like to show your work?
Alex loved my pieces and contacted me. After a long conversation over the phone and his future plans for me, I was sold. Watergate gallery are very friendly and professional and feel my art will be a perfect fit for the gallery and Chester.
What are you most excited about artistically in 2020?
To keep creating music related art pieces one track at a time.
Click through to Tony's page on our website to see his full biography and the availability of current artworks.