Self taught artist Tony Fernandes began drawing and painting at an early age, the works of the C20th's greatest cartoonists Picasso, Gillray, Rowlandson, Giles, Cruikshank, Andre Francois and Goya captured and fuelled his imagination. His first published work appeared on television at the age of 10 when he sent in jokes and cartoons to the Saturday morning childrens shows and his work has been generally used in advertising and even by the Medical Research Council.
Honing his talent through the 70's and 80's he first came to International notice when the British Government presented his works as part of their official gift to the Australian Government during the Bicentennial Celebrations in 1988.
Having lived in or near the Peak District countryside he has at various times kept a variety of animals including Peacocks, Golden Pheasants, Newts, Frogs, Crows, Geese, Chickens, Ducks, Goats (such a great sense of humour), Sea Horses, Bumblebee and Elephant fish, Rats, Odd Orphan Barn Cats, Dogs (including Big Jimmy Bean the Dingo) and a Parrot called Kipper.
Set Artist and designer for the movie ' Treasure Island ' with Jack Palance and Patrick Bergen, those sharp eyed will see cameo appearances by Fernandes as Pirate and Merchant Adventurer and more recently as Art Director on ' Sea Warriors- The Royal Navy in the Age of Sail '.
Tony has established himself as a unique cartoonist influenced by the great satirical draughtsmen of the C18th and C19th - his cartoons are filled with such joy, great humour, insight and wit but there is always a sense of compassion about the characters in their silliness and in the ridiculous absurdity of everyday life.
With works appearing on cinema, television, magazines, books and DVD, the artist divides his time between studio painting and traveling to far and distant ports researching, sketching and photographing.
His highly original approach to this subject matter has made his work much sought after in the Licensing world- with work held in private and public collections.
H.M QUEEN ELIZABETH
H.R.H. PRINCE OF WALES
H.R.H. PRINCESS ROYAL
HOUSE OF LORDS
HOUSE OF COMMONS
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
MANSION HOUSE LONDON
SPANISH AMBASSADOR TO THE COURT OF ST JAMES
HMS SHEFFIELD WARDROOM
NEW SOUTH WALES HOUSE
MANSION HOUSE DUBLIN
LORD MOUNTBATTEN GALLERY PORTSMOUTH
NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM SYDNEY
PARLIAMENT HOUSE CANBERRA
CITY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY PORTSMOUTH
HMS WARRIOR 1860 HARTLEPOOL
HMS WARRIOR 1860 PORTSMOUTH
HM NAVAL BASE PORTSMOUTH
HMS TRINCOMALEE 1897 HARTLEPOOL
SIMMONITE GALLERY 1980- 2007
GALLERIE MARIN APPLEDORE
MAYNARD GALLERY 1972 - 5
PEACOCK GALLERY 1975 - 97
RIGHT WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF
SCRIMSHAW GALLERY USA
WARWICK LEADLAY GALLERY LONDON
SUZANNE BARLEY GALLERY NEW
TALLSHIPS BOOKS USA
'TREASURE ISLAND' FILM~ ARTIST / DESIGNER
'SEA WARRIORS - The Royal Navy in the Age of Sail' ~ ART DIRECTOR
THE BEAGLE PROJECT - Plymouth UK
COWES WEEK ~ EXHIBITION
ARTISTS HARBOUR GALLERY -
BOWSPRITART - GEORGE JEPSON GALLERY USA
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL of the SEA PORTSMOUTH
TRAFALGAR BICENTENNIAL 1805 - 2005 PORTMEIRION POTTERIES
HAHNEMUHLE FINE ART PAPERS
SOUL TRADER GREETINGS
WILD APPLE GRAPHICS USA
CLOTHWORKS TEXTILES USA
HERITAGE ART PAPERS
THE ROMANSLEIGH COLLECTION
ROYAL MAIL - THE DESIGN MUSEUM, LONDON.
QUARTERDECK MAGAZINE US
THE TEACHING COMPANY USA - The Great Courses -
DFA - Licensing
ALL OUT CRICKET - magazine
HARWICH - MAYFLOWER
Ship Project 1620 -2020