BIOGRAPHY

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Tony Segale was born in a small town in the San Joaquin County of California, Lodi, in 1956.His paternal ancestors immigrated to Calaveras County, while his maternal family immigrated into Kern County. As a result, he was exposed to Northern California’s Mother Lode, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Pacific Coast, as well as the heart of the San Joaquin Valley via Highway 99, and Southern California’s Tehachapi Mountains, Mojave Desert and Los Angeles basin. This left a lasting impression and great fondness for the Golden State of California, still discovering her back roads and historic communities.

Always a constant doodler, Tony is grateful for a couple elementary school teachers instilling his early development of speed lettering, recalling the study of repetitive form necessary to complete the task of writing one hundred times I will not talk in class in a timely manner. However, one scholarly gentlemen who taught his sixth year invited him to watch his graceful penmanship, using a calligraphy pen, nib and ink bottle. Tony was in awe.

At the age of fourteen, Tony wanted to work, and took a job in a retail meat market. This employment lasted through his cartooning for the high school newspaper years, and he liked the idea of continuing work versus school, so he stayed on. Weekly he made new 6” x 8” counter signs, always paying attention to layout while challenging his speed, yet never giving a thought to an art career.

After a dozen years, a friend suggested his talents could be better utilized making signs. Simply to test the theory, Tony grabbed a few gallons of paint, rollers and brushes and braved the weather painting a few holiday windows. That first season out, someone approached him with compliments and asked if he would make him a sign for his business, the fire was stoked.

After six years of self instruction, he left the meat trade to open his own hand lettering sign business, a full time career in commercial art. Since then, Tony has been leaving his mark in the community with his recognizable hand lettering, gold leaf windows and large murals.

Ten years into his commercial art career, his youngest daughter encouraged Tony to join the local community art organization, putting his work in their gallery. By this time, the query of art had become a passion, inspiring a burning desire to question everything through observation, study and practice. He immersed himself in calligraphy workshops in San Francisco and North Carolina calligraphy retreats. Realizing their brush skill similarities, Tony began experimenting in watercolor, eventually enrolling in numerous workshops from more than a dozen different talented instructors.

The reality that each artist is self taught, that proven fact of learning by doing, keeps the fire burning. Each venture is a cognizant function in his lifelong quest as a perpetual student of the arts.

Tony considers himself a modern-retro painter of California, rendering the variety of rural and urban landscapes, animals and people in his graphic bravado style. He will paint on location, en plein air, or develops a sketch and paints in his studio. Tony teaches workshops in the study of brush lettering, sketching, reverse glass gold leaf and watercolor. Tony and his wife, Danine, live in their hometown of Lodi, CA.

 

RESUME

2017 – 57th National LODI SPRING ART SHOW, Lodi Art Center, Lodi, CA                           Carolyn Lord, Juror

2016 59th JURIED EXHIBITION AT THE HAGGIN MUSEUM, Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA. Brian Blood, Juror.

2016 56th LODI SPRING ART SHOW, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA.                                    Don Hall, Robin Knowlton, Robert-Jean Ray, Jurors.

2013 54th LODI SPRING ART SHOW, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA.                                   Lisa Cooperman, Tina Moore, Jerald Silva, Jurors.

2012 NATIONAL WATERCOLOR SOCIETY 92nd ANNUAL EXHIBITION, San Pedro, CA. Elaine Daily-Birnbaum, Fran Larsen, Warren Taylor, Jury of Selection.

2012 CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, Sacramento, CA. Lial A. Jones, Juror.

2012 53rd LODI SPRING ART ANNUAL, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA.
Georgia Herrick, Kathrine Lemke Waste, Gary Stutler, Jurors.

2012 EXPRESSIONS, Tracy Art League, Tracy, CA. Carolyn Lord, Juror.

2011 WATER+COLOR, California Watercolor Association 42nd National Exhibition,
Ross, CA. Katherine Chang Liu, Juror.

2011 EXPRESSIONS! SELECTIONS, GWF Energy & Souza Galleries,
Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Tracy, CA.
Curated by William Wilson.

2009 CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR, Sacramento, CA. Jack Ogden, Juror.

2009 50th LODI SPRING ART ANNUAL, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA. Roland Cheny, Alice Frederichs and Donna Bohlin, Jurors.

2008 49th LODI SPRING ART ANNUAL, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA. Marika Wolfe, Jeri Ross and Mark Emerson, Jurors.

2008 ANIMAL HOUSE, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA.
Kara Castro, Juror.

AWARDS & HONORS

First Place, Watercolor, 57th Lodi Spring Art Show, Lodi Art Center, Lodi, CA                         Carolyn Lord, Juror,

Award of Merit, Watercolor, California State Fair, 2012. Lial A. Jones, Juror.

Second Place, Watercolor, Lodi Spring Art Annual, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA, 2012. Georgia Herrick, Kathrine Lemke Waste, Gary Stutler, Jurors.

Third Place, Murals/Supergraphics, Signs of the Times, International Sign Design Contest, 2011.

First Place, Murals/Supergraphics, Signs of the Times, International Sign Design Contest, 2010.

Award of Excellence, Watercolor, CaIifornia State Fair, Sacramento, CA, 2009. Jack Ogden, Juror.

Award of Merit, Watercolor, CaIifornia State Fair, Sacramento, CA, 2009. Jack Ogden, Juror.

First Place, Water Media, Lodi Spring Art Annual, Woodbridge Winery, Lodi, CA, 2008. Marika Wolfe, Jeri Ross and Mark Emerson, Jurors.

Second Place, Gold Leaf Glass Signs, Signs of the Times, International Sign Design Contest, 2002.

First Place, Gold Leaf Glass Signs, Signs of the Times, International Sign Design Contest, 2001.

First Place, Gold Leaf Flat Signs, Signs of the Times, International Sign Design Contest, 2001.

Honorable Mention, Dimensional Signs, Signs of the Times, International Sign Design Contest, 2001.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

WATER+COLOR, California Watercolor Association 42nd National Exhibition, Ross, CA, 2011.

Steve Aust, “2011 International Sign Contest”, Signs of the Times, ST Media Group International Inc., April 2011.

Steve Aust, “2010 International Sign Contest”, Signs of the Times, ST Media Group International Inc., April 2010.

Sign Gallery 4, St Media Group International Inc., 2004.

Tony Segale, “The Bear Essentials”, Signs of the Times, ST Media Group International Inc.,
April 2002.

Steve Aust, “2002 International Sign Contest”, Signs of the Times, ST Media Group International Inc., December 2002.

Steve Aust, “2001 International Sign Contest”, Signs of the Times, ST Media Group International Inc., November 2001.

COMMISSIONS

2011 Issei of Lodi, Series of five 24” x 30” acrylic paintings, Lodi Buddhist Church

2010 Mural for the City of Lodi Art in Public Places “Japantown Memories”

2008 Mural for the City of Lodi Art in Public Places “Sacramento Street”

2007 Mural for the City of Lodi Art in Public Places “PALS”

2007 Mural for City of Moose Jaw ‘Walldog Project’, Saskatchewan, Canada
“Recognize Inspiration & Dedication”

1999 23K Gold Leaf gilding of bear on the Historic Mission Style Arch in Lodi, California

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

2006 Leader / Organizer of Head West Walldogs Mural Project, Lodi, CA

San Joaquin Council of Governments, Eighth Annual Regional Excellence Awards

Regional Gold Award of Excellence In Recognition of the Unique Community Collaboration To Commemorate the City’s History through Murals.