Hey, I am Tony Papesh.


I am an Oakland, CA based freelance artist currently living in Sydney, Australia. My main passion is painting but I usually pay my bills by working as a director, animator, and illustrator. Over the years, I have worked on commercials, album covers, and animations that have been seen around the world. I've worked with both large and small companies using a wide variety of different styles and techniques to bring things to life on screen.

When I am not animating in an office, I am painting in my studio. I usually work with gouache, colored pencil, and wood, though I am open to using whatever supplies are lying around. I like to paint gross monsters, melting creatures, and girls with goofy teeth.

Feel free to contact me for work inquires, general questions, interviews, commissions, or to say "hi".

Find more of me on Instagram or GIPHY

With love,


Notable Exhibits / Press / Published Works

Cancelled - Warriors of the Pencil Case at Monster Mouse Gallery: Sydney, Australia

03/2020 - Bein' Narly Sci-Fi Groupshow at Ambush Gallery: Sydney, Australia

06/2017 - Unashamedly Fun (Group Show) at Alpha Gallery: Sydney, Australia

04/2017 - Goro2 (Group Show) at M2 Gallery: Sydney, Australia

09/2016 - 50th Artist Show at Beach Burrito Newtown: Sydney, Australia
06/2016 - MCA Zine Fair at Museum of Contemporary Art: Sydney, Australia

05/2016 - Other Worlds Zine Fair at Marrickville Town Hall: Marrickville, Australia
02/2015 - "Companions" (Group) at Seeing Things Gallery: San Jose, CA
12/2014 - "I Didn't Know I Needed A Name" (Solo) at Shooting Gallery: SF, CA

12/2014 - "12x12 Squared" (Group) at White Walls: San Francisco, CA

12/2014 - Toy Drive Art Show (Group) at Mary Weather: Oakland, CA

07/2014 - Interview with Art Whore

05/2014 - Interview with CrayonBeats Magazine

04/2014 - Art for April issue of Time Out New York Magazine

03/2014 - Interview with Critique Collective

12/2013 - Group Show at Honey Hive Collective: San Francisco, CA

02/2012 - Cover Art for DJ Shadow's Scale It Back

11/2011 - Group Show at Project Ethos: San Francisco, CA

10/2011 - Cover Art for DJ Shadow's The Less You Know The Better

07/2011 - Cover Art for DJ Shadow's I'm Excited

05/2011 - Cover Art for DJ Shadow's I Gotta Rokk

10/2009 - Group Show at Lower Deck SF: San Francisco, CA

08/2009 - Group Show at Gray Area Gallery: San Francisco, CA



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