Tony Dow was born in Hollywood, California in 1945. Exposed to creative parents and a home frequently filled with his parents’ eccentric and artistic friends, it was no surprise that Tony developed a love for art. At an early age, he showed an unusual talent for imaginative abstract composition and drawing. An accomplished athlete, in his youth he held numerous diving and swimming titles, including national age-group records. In 1957 he was chosen for the role of “Wally” on the hit television show, “Leave It To Beaver”, an event which would change the course of his life.
After the show ended in 1963, he became a member of the “General Hospital cast and made guest appearances on a variety of television shows. In the eighties Tony began a career in TV directing and producing that continued for twenty years. Throughout his lifetime he has been involved in many forms of creative activity. He has been an actor, director, writer, visual effects designer, producer, home builder, woodworker, painter and sculptor. A long-time goal has been to return to sculpting.
As he neared retirement in the early 2000’s, he had the time and motivation to pursue art in a serious way. At that time, Tony began to create beautiful designs produced from burl wood. Several were sold as original wood sculptures and others have been cast in bronze. Tony’s talent in the area of modern sculpture was confirmed when one of his bronzes was chosen for exhibition at the Salon 2008 de la National des Beaux Arts in Paris. He was one of only two U.S. sculptors selected to exhibit at this annual juried show at the Carrousel du Louvre. He has shown at the Del Mar, Westwood and Avalon art festivals. Tony also has exhibited at the Karen Lynn Gallery, Topanga Gallery and the Morgan Gallery.
In addition to his bronze sculpture and uncast burl wood originals, Tony is now working on an exciting new series of originals that will use a variety of materials to contrast natural and man-made objects.
Now a grandfather, Tony and his wife Lauren, an artist as well, reside in their handcrafted home nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains of Southern California.
A work of art should tell people what they need to know