David Tobey



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© 2017 David Tobey

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All visitors to this site are invited to attend "Wet Paint", that is an art show opening in New York at Pleiades Gallery 530 West 25th Street New York, NY this coming Saturday, April 19th. The exhibition includes paintings by artist, musician and educator David Tobey, who has invented ways of painting with with pigments, solvents and chemicals that for years have been considered to be incompatible with each other when applied wet to a canvas.

Some of his unique paintings by this artist are on his web site at http://www.davidtobey.com and read or print the complete media release for his show at http://www.1888pressrelease.com/print_pr.php?id=521113

Everyone (particularly artists, art students, art teachers and gallerists) are invited to attend the reception Saturday afternoon, April 19th from 3 to 6 to see these paintings. There will be live music by the artist himself on violin with keyboard accompaniment (David is also a regularly performing member of the Westchester Philharmonic); and there will be complimentary refreshments for all!

David, son of the late well-known historical painter, illustrator and muralist Alton S. Tobey (1914-2005), is a lifetime resident of Westchester who started painting in his early childhood in his father’s studio. He also had a serious interest in music, fostered perhaps in no small part by his mother Rosalyn Tobey, who was a distinguished concert pianist.

In his teens, David studied art at The Art Students League in New York and violin at The Music Conservatory of Westchester. He subsequently gained admission to The Julliard School of Music and graduated there with a performance degree in 1975. He also holds a Master's degree in Art from The College of New Rochelle, in the city where he currently lives with his family. In addition to being a painter and sculptor, David enjoys a busy career as a violinist and teacher in the New Rochelle school system, and he performs with many New York City freelance orchestras and with Broadway shows. He also has appeared a number of times on radio and on TV discussing his art.

David describes his work in his own words as: "exploring the aesthetic between visual abstraction and music ... and exploring energy and rhythm with a strict eye on the structured whole." A 2003 magazine review of his first one-man show in New York City describes his painting: "He rides the rhythms in his canvases and reigns them in, much as a composer controls the ebb and flow of a symphony as it is coaxed into being. As with any piece of music, this involves a synthesis of spontaneity and restraint, as he works and reworks the composition, balancing its various elements until they coalesce in a dynamic chromatic and formal fusion".

Tobey's art has been published on the album cover “First Flight” by Oren Fader, on posters at New York's Lincoln Center and his work is in the collection of the George Bush Library. He has published his art as prints with Scafa, Modern Art and Ray Greenberg Art Publishing, and he has had many one-man and group exhibitions in the greater New York metro area, Westchester and Connecticut. In his most recent one-man show in New York, at Chelsea’s Pleiades Gallery in November 2006, his work was reviewed by Cornelia Seckel, Editor of Art Times, who described it as "mesmerizing -- so much movement and color". Ed McCormack, in a full page review of the show in Gallery & Studio magazine that month, wrote about Tobey's sculpture as "surpassing even that of [Julio] Gonzales," and his paintings as "continuing to evolve at a pace with his native talent". He has also received favorable comments on his work from Art in America and other arts publications.

This year, David's art (not including these new "Imaginaries") was on exhibition in a group show with the New Rochelle Council on the Arts at the New Rochelle Public Library through March 28th; and in another group art exhibition that opened on March 13th running through June, 2012: "Contemporary Rhythms", work by artist members of ArtsWestchester (formerly The Westchester Arts council) at Horizon in Fleetwood. This Spring he has some of his work in The Blue Door Artists' Association "4th Juried Group Exhibition" 3/24 - 4/21 in Yonkers and in the Contemporary Artist Guild group show "Tangential Vision" at the office of the Manhattan Borough President in New York 4/3 - 4/27 and a one-man show at Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea in May. In 2013 his main solo show was at the Music conservatory of Westchester, where David was awarded the honor of having been named "Alumni of The Year" at the Conservatory's Alumni Reunion.

Some of the new paintings can be seen on his web site at www.davidtobey.com, and he can be contacted at 914-329-2581 or by email to david(at)davidtobey(dot)com.
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