BALTIMORE (WJZ) – In times of pandemic, many of us have been looking for ways to brighten our dark days. Denise Koch found an Instagram feed that made her laugh.
It is called ‘Small Tonyand Koch discovered that it was the creation of a real life Tony, Tony Seaside. Shore is a graduate of Yale University and dean of the art department at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
As classes went virtual, Shore had to find a way to teach narrative painting, a subject often taught with live models. It was this that led him into the world of miniature paintings.
At first, Shore was only looking for action figures. But he quickly realized that he kept running into the same problem, no matter how much he searched for usable patterns.
“Most of the characters I find are angry white guys in military uniforms or superheroes making these faces,” says Shore, who decided to sculpt a scaled-down version of herself.
That’s how Tiny Tony was born. Then don’t stop his adventures.
“He was probably more of an outdoorsman than I was,” says Shore. “He has a variety of vehicles, like a scooter and a Hummer. That’s a bit crazy. “
He’s not wrong. Tiny Tony’s posts have become a must for Instagram users. Shore said he’s received fan mail, and his little partner now has his own block of houses, a replica of Shore’s childhood home.
“I’m slowly building the space inside to resemble the world I grew up in,” says Shore.
Shore also created a small clone of his late father.
“My dad passed away a few years ago, but if I were to title the images, it would be ‘unfinished conversations,’” he said.
Tiny Tony led Shore into the world of stop-motion animation, and now the character can be seen skating, sitting on the couch or even riding a scooter.
So what started as a teaching problem has turned into a new adventure, both for Shore and his miniature adorableness.
“Through COVID, he started collecting things,” says Shore. “Now, he has a much better life than I do.”
To follow Tiny Tony’s adventures, just check out Shore’s Instagram feed: Tony ShorePainter.
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