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Tony Fitzpatrick @ Bale Creek Allen Gallery

Tony Fitzpatrick is a Chicago-based artist best known for his multimedia collages, printmaking, paintings and drawings. Fitzpatrick's works are inspired by Chicago street culture, cities he has traveled to, children's books, tattoo designs and folk art. He has authored or illustrated eight books of art and poetry and written a column for Newcity for the past two years.

Fitzpatrick's art appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. His work also is featured on the Neville Brothers' album "Yellow Moon," and Steve Earle's "El Corazon" and "The Revolution Starts Now." In 1992, Fitzpatrick opened a Chicago print studio, Big Cat Press, which exists today as the artistic exhibition space Firecat Projects. Before making a living as an artist, he worked as a radio host, bartender, boxer, construction worker and actor.