A Canadian Original
Who is Tony Meers?
Tony Meers is a prolific commercial illustrator. He produced hundreds of iconic Harlequin romance covers.
Meers is a Canadian artist. He was born in Brampton, Ontario in 1953. He grew up in Georgetown. Later, Meers studied at York University and the University of Toronto.
Meers, The Artist
Meers would have a career as a freelance illustrator from 1978 to 1998.
Later, he worked as a full-time staff member of SGI Canada (also known as The Soka Gakkai International). He joined the SGI in 1972 during the organization’s early days in Canada.
Eventually, he rose to the rank of general director in 2000.
Meers then went on to work on poster design. In addition, he worked in other commercial endeavors.
Finally, in In the 1990s, he entered the world of romance cover illustration, for Harlequin and Mills & Boon.
Years later in 2020, Meers would state the following to the Toronto Star about book cover art:
“I was excited by illustration wherever I saw it — on paperback book covers, movie posters, science fiction magazines, the many magazines that featured short stories; and advertising art, much of which was masterful. I feel privileged to have grown up in the 1950s and ’60s, surrounded by illustration.”TONY MEERS
Romance Cover Art For Sale
Tony Meers’s work has been offered at auction multiple times.
“Certain fandoms have more collecting associated with them, be it science fiction, horror or pulp-adventure stuff… Those all start to become really expensive. Romance is one of the more neglected [fandoms] but it is also one of the areas where there is the most material.”PETER BIRKEMOE
Meers is retired now. He doesn’t speak publicly about his former career. Tony Meers is married and has four adult children. He lives in Toronto.
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