A rat named Tony Blair has become the centre of attraction across art circles. The rat, which is said to have been honing its artistic talent for the past six months, has sculpted its latest masterpiece entirely out of avocado.
Its portfolio also consists of a gnawed four-leaf clover entitled Am I Still Lucky? and a chewed blanket. In a blog about Tony, whose rodent siblings have been named Gordon Brown and Gabriel Archangel, it has been described as a self-taught artist.
The blog also says that Tony’s favourite mediums include foliage, fabric and electrical cables. Tony’s art became internationally known when its work was posted on the website of the Saatchi gallery, a gallery for contemporary art in London.
It received 500 votes when its work went up against others in the online competition. Gallery owner Helena Seget said that Tony had all the qualities of a good artist.
“He is a bit of a Greta Garbo character. He likes to be alone. He is currently working on an installation on plastic bags. He drags them across the room and shreds them,” she said.
Craig Wilson, who manages Lime Street Studios in Ouseburn Valle, said that Tony’s work was better than about 50 per cent of the artworks he had seen to date.