Trained at the Slade School of Art (and a Slade prize-winner) Tony Birks-Hay is influenced by Cezanne, Matisse, Bomberg and the Scottish Colourists, and as a sculptor by his teacher and mentor Henry Moore. He has a reputation as a portrait painter in oils and for portrait sculpture in bronze and marble, and also paints expressionist landscapes, with inspiration from Wales, Ireland and Portugal.
Tony Birks-Hay is a painter of the bold statement. In recent landscapes ... he has gone for the abstract element of the paint mark. These are paintings to be reckoned with.
Ben Levene RA
Run your eyes over Tony's paintings and be hugely rewarded. These are quietly passionate works.
Anthony Green RA
Birks-Hay's Slade training … comes out clearly in his continuing engagement in portraiture, seizing the basic structure of a head together with the more difficult task of expressing character. He is committed to finding grace in ordinary near-at-hand experiences. This vision is … simply the everyday wonder of the world around us, made available by the honed eye, disciplined hand and clear intelligence of the practised painter. Painting the ordinary stuff of the world, people, habitations, nature and its fruits, with the directness, clarity of vision and gusto that comes from lengthy painting experience and understanding. Tony Birks-Hay is just such a special artist.
As a portrait sculptor, he was commissioned to make the head in bronze of Lord Tonypandy, after the latter's retirement as Speaker of the House of Commons, and more recently, of Sir Jonathan Miller. The artist had a one-man exhibitions since 2006 in Bath, Sherborne, Ely, France and Germany.