A Canadian Original
Tony Meers is a prolific commercial illustrator who produced hundreds of iconic Harlequin romance covers.
Meers is a Canadian artist who was born in Brampton, Ontario in 1953. He grew up in Georgetown. Later, he studied at York University and the University of Toronto.
Meers worked as a freelance illustrator from 1978 to 1998. Then he worked as a full-time staff member of SGI Canada (The Soka Gakkai International). Eventually, he rose to the rank of general director in 2000. He had joined the SGI in 1972 in the early days of the organization in Canada.
Meers has worked on poster design and other commercial endeavors. In the 1990s he entered the field of romance cover illustration for Harlequin and Mills & Boon.
According to the Toronto Star in 2020, Meers, has stated 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.
Kensington Market’s The Beguiling Books & Art has amassed a collection of Meer’s artwork. The shop’s owner, Peter Birkemoe has said:
“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 and doesn’t speak publicly about his old career. Tony Meers is married with four adult children and lives in Toronto.
- Beguiling Books and Art: Tony Meers Retrotomancer Painted Lessons in Heteronormitivitiy Gallery Show Contest
- CBC: The Look of Love Invented in Toronto The unexpected Canadian HIstory of Romance Harlequin Covers
- The Star: Exhibition of 80s and 90s Harlequin Romance Art Is A Glorious Kitschy Romp.
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