Born in Lebanon in 1967, Tony Raymond Zreik has been practicing for 35 years. Fusing manual skills with exciting experimental techniques drawn from his childhood, Zreik has developed a personal language bringing together the worlds of art, photography and fashion. His works are a complement to modern interiors, colours and lifestyles. His inspiration comes from often the most unlikely hiding places.
“Precision Body Work”, his most poignant body of work to date, consists of both painting and sculpture. The series was initiated by a colour mixing cup at a car body repairs garage called “Precision Body Work”, which belongs to a friend of his. Every time Zreik visited the garage he felt a sense of excitement, immersed by the smell of paint and the way it was randomly splattered around the space. Unable to resist the temptation he developed these valuable elements into something he could share and relate with others. “Melting”, a parallel series consisting of ten paintings, continues inspiration from "Precision Body Work" garage.
“When we usually find ourselves standing before a piece of art, we feel lost at first impression. It’s like if you were in a car with a driver to an unknown destination, and you fall asleep during the whole journey while the driver is completely enjoying all the views and experience of the trip. Eventually, upon arrival, you will wake up and start asking questions to the driver: where are we? When and how did we get here? How was the trip? Was it good? We missed all that! This whole experience is exactly like when an artist is busy creating the art and the rest of us are asleep or busy in our own worlds... Art is a journey to a magical wonderland, so in order for us to enjoy it, we need to stay awake.”