Eagle Rock teen puts his own twist on art

Brian Tolley at work/Photos courtesy Future Studio Gallery

When Brian Tolley of Eagle Rock was a three-year-old looking for something to do, he picked up some twist ties – those scraps of wire and paper used to tie plastic bags – and started to create small objects. In a few years, Tolley’s creations made from white twist tie strips colored with markers become more elaborate, with some pieces taking one to two weeks to complete. There are crazed looking rabbits, pink cupcakes, alien-like creatures  and a replica of a Converse tennis shoe, complete with label, laces and stitching. Now, the 18-year-old Eagle Rock High School student known as Mr. Twister is poised to present his work in a solo-gallery show

Tolley’s work caught the the attention of Highland Park gallery owner Amy Inoye, who this coming weekend will showcase the teen artist’s work in an exhbit: Mr. Twisters Twisted Art Show.

“Brian sees unlimited possibilities in his art form, and plans on a career as Mr. Twister,” says a gallery press release. A Mr. Twister documentary is already in the works. The show opens on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at Future Studio Gallery. There will be twist ties for twisting and pretzel twists for snacking.


  1. Fantastic! Looking forward to seeing your work on Saturday evening. NELA 2nd Saturday ARt Walk rocks!

  2. Very creative.

  3. Some formidable and impressive pieces he’s got there — this kid’s a pioneer!

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