Tony Fitzpatrick

Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery

Self-taught, Chicago-based artist Tony Fitzpatrick began showing in New York’s East Village during the mid ’80s. His small, slate chalkboards, obsessively painted with quirky, cartoonish imagery fit in well there, standing out as raw and original in a sea of second-generation Kenny Scharfs. Fitzpatrick is an auteur of quintessentially American images: his is an often violent, but always astute look at the darker side of American life, rendered with tattoo-parlor frankness and unmistakably Catholic drama and pathos.

This show offered a range of etchings on chine collé which, although selected from several different series and inspired by the artist’s neo-Beat poems, form a coherent body of work. The individual compositions foreground iconic figures from Fitzpatrick’s pantheon of antiheroes—fallen athletes, muscular tigers, virile bulls, devils, insects, and monsters—each surrounded by a host

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