Anthony Christopher Brown Jr., known as Tony Concep’ is a
multidimensional artist and designer born in New Orleans,
Louisiana raised in Charleston South Carolina.
Tony began a signature style of art expressed as “trapart”
in 2011 focused on engaging kids from the inner city to
empower them to think positively about their environment and
how art can inspire them to pursue their dreams through
varied mural projects and art collectives.
Tony was able to present his work to First Lady Michelle
Obama on her guided tour of works featured at the New
Museum, NY. He has also been featured in publications like
Vice, and Fader magazine, among others, and worked with the
MTV networks, Nike, Adidas, Fast Company, Beats By Dre,
Marithe Francois Girbaud, and a list of apparel brands from
streetart to branding. Tony is currently creating large
format mixed media paintings for a new solo show effort
along with producing NFT's and Ai. generated works in the
Q&A WITH TONY
What type or artist are you?
I am a mixed media artist with a background largely in
communication design and illustration. Graphic design,
layout, and color theory all find their way into my
paintings, mainly created in acrylics with the use of
oils and spray paint.
What or who, inspires you and your art the
I believe what inspires my work the most are the people
who have found their lives purpose. From iconic leaders
in pop-culture to musicians, writers, activists, and
directors. Most recently my daughter Alinea has been a
huge inspiration. She is only 6 but watching her paint
and draw inspires me to create more freely from the
heart without judgement.
What do you hope people feel or think about when
enjoying your art?
It is my hope to give people beauty, some sense of life
(liveliness), and transmit some sort of positive energy
charge as we are all energy. I also wish that the work
offers a perspective that is different, that the work
offers some insight to my world and disposition.
What do you like best about Nova Colors?
What I like best about Nova Color is the coverage. The
paint covers so much ground without losing pigmentation.
The colors are always bright and it's by far the best
acrylic for museum quality work. The color selection
makes mixing simpler b/c of the many variations of each
primary group. Lastly from my experience it's the
smoothest paint out, leaving an even tone every time.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I think what I can share about myself, my art, and
overall perspective as an artist is one: Life is art /
We should all see the art in everyday things and
activities. Two: Our thoughts are power / anything
created has a magic and a power that could potentially
change the world.