ABOUT THE ARTIST - DAVID TOBEY
David Tobey started painting in his early childhood in the Larchmont New York studio of his father, the late noted historical painter and muralist Alton S. Tobey (1914-2005). 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 Tobey 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 lives. David Tobey enjoys a busy career as a violinist, teacher, painter and sculptor, is a founding and very active violinist member of the Westchester Philharmonic and other orchestras, and he performs with many New York City freelance musical groups, such as with the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, in the orchestras of Broadway shows, and at celebrity wedding and other functions.
His work as a visual artist is represented by Pleiades Gallery in Chelsea, New York, where he has had an average of at least two one-man & group exhibitions a year for the past five years; and in Westchester by Washington Square Gallery, Rye Brook, NY; The Katonch Museum Gift Shop, Katonah, NY; James in Bedford, NY & other galleries and retail venues.. In New York City he also participates regularly in group exhibitions of the Contemporary Artists' Guild at Broome Street Gallery in SoHo; and in Westchester county, NY he is a member of Arts Westchester in White Plains, The New Rochelle Council on The Arts (where he held the position of co-director for two years), and the Blue Door Artists' Association in Yonkers. He has had many other solo and group exhibitions in New York City, Connecticut and Westchester not-for-profit organizations' venues, many of them being benefits for the causes he supports.
In 2004 David was informed in a letter from Joseph W. Polisi, President of The Juilliard School that he was selected as one of a diverse group of 100 outstanding alumni of the school for inclusion in a special publication commemorating the school's Centennial to be published in 2005-2006. He was also appointed to a selection board for artist members for The Westchester Arts Council that was convened in March of 2005. He was also Co-chairman of the New Rochelle Council on the Arts for three years 2004-2007, and in April of 2006 his painting Fallen Angels, 2001, depicting the fall of the twin towers, was accepted into the collection of the George Bush Presidential Library.
His most recent solo shows in Westchester were in November '09, a benefit for the Westchester Philharmonic, and at a private home in New Rochelle March through September 2010. In March of that year he served as one of three jurors, together with internationall famous pop artist Charles Fazzino and College of New Rochelle galleries director Katrina Rhein, to judge entries for the New Rochelle Council on The Arts Utopioptix exhibition and awards competition at the Lumen Winter Gallery in the New Rochelle Public Library. Since then in 2011, he has had solo shows, has been in group exhibitions and had his work shown in New York City; and in Westchester in White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye, Rye Brook, Katonah, Fleetwood, Peekskill, Yonkers and Bronxville. In June 2013 he received the Music Conservatory of Westchester's Distinguished Alumni Award, followed by a two month exhibition of hs most recent "Abstract Imaginaries" paintings. For a complete list of his shows, awards and accomplishments as a visual artist, see the list below.
As a musician, David, who is a violinist with The Westchester Philharmonic is a well know musician in the New York City and New Jersey area. He has been affiliated with many orchestras such as American Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Long Island Philharmonic, Little Orchestra Society of New York, Musica Sacra, Masterworks Work Chorus, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Ballet Orchestra, New Jersey Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Symphony, Joffrey Ballet, Oglevak Ballet, and Bronx Art Ensemble.
He has been involved with many Broadway shows including: Sugar Babies, Fiddler on the Roof, Peter Pan, Metro, Show Boat, Damn Yankees, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Jerome Robbins Broadway, Evita, Legs Diamond, Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Dream Girls, and Camelot. He can also be heard in various films and on television. He has recorded with the RCA label and with performers such as Liza Minelli.
Married to fellow Westchester Philharmonic violinist Moira Tobey, Mr. Tobey is also father to Elizabeth and Andrew, a proud grandfather to Lucas, and owner of five dogs and five cats.
David's art was on exhibit in a group show with the New Rochelle Council on the Arts "Tribute to Thea Eichler" at the New Rochelle Public Library that opened on March 11th, runing through March 28th; and in another group art exhibition that opened on March 13th: "Contemporary Rhythms", work by artist members of ArtsWestchester at Horizon in Fleetwood. In the Spring of 2012 he also have some of his work on display with 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.
His welded steel sculptures can be seen at the Washington Square Gallery in Rye Brook, NY; at James in Bedford Hills, NY and in the gift shop at the Katonah Museum.
An exhibition of his most recent abstract work was in a solo show titled "Abstract Imaginaries 2012" at Pleiades Gallery in New York May 15th through June 9th. To receive more information or invitations to the opening receptions of any future exhibitions by email or postal mail, just send us an email. David's Artist's Statement about the new work in this show can be seen after the following section, his chronological résumé.
EXHIBITIONS, AWARDS, COLLECTIONS, PUBLISHED
1957 - 1980 - Studied under his father, the late artist Alton S. Tobey
1963 - 1969 - Study at The Music Conservatory of Westchester
1967 - 1970 - Study at The Art Students League, New York City
1975 - The Juilliard School, New York City - Bachelor of Music degree
1984 - Steve Bush Gallery, New York - solo show
1985 - Salon West II, New York - group show
1985 - Madison Square Garden, NYC - New Artists Show - group show
1985 - Paintings published as prints by Ray Greenberg Art Publishing
1985 - Paintings published as prints by SCAFA Modern Art
1985 - Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, New York - group show
1986 - Outer Space Gallery, New York - group show
1987 - Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont, NY - group show
1988 - Neustadter Galleries, DelRay Beach, FL - group show
1989 - ISOA Gallery, Greenwich, CT - group show
1989 - Art Barn, Greenwich, CT - group show
1998 - present - music & art teacher - New Rochelle, NY
1998 - present - orchestra director - New Rochelle, NY
2002 - Mooney Center Gallery, College of New Rochelle - group show
2002 - New York State Teaching Certification - Music & Art
2003 - Feature article - Gallery & Studio magazine, Summer issue
2003 - The College of New Rochelle, Master's degree in art
2004 - present - Sculpture work at Les Metalliers Champenois, NJ
2004 - Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle - group show
2004 - Feature article - The New York Times, 3/14/04
2004 - Gallery 49, New York City - solo show
2004 - Marx Gallery, The Music Conservatory of Westchester - solo show
2004 - 2010 - Broome Street Gallery, NY - 6 group shows
2004 - Cover for Oren Fader CD First Flight
2005 - Feature article - The Larchmont Gazette
2005 - Named a top 100 graduate by Juilliard's president, Joseph Polisi
2005 - Fallen Angels acquired by The G.W. Bush Presidential Library
2005 - 2013 - Pleiades Gallery, New York - 6 solo & 7 group shows
2005 - 2007 - Co-chairman of The New Rochelle Council on The Arts
2005 - Program cover - MCW 75th Anniversary Lincoln Center
2006 - Benefit solo Pleiades Gallery for the NSCF
2006 - Artist selection panel member Westchester Arts Council
2006 - 2010 - Membership in Manhattan Arts International
2006 - 2010 - CAG - 4th Annual groups
2007 - Feature article Gallery & Studio magazine, Sept/Oct issue
2007 - Benefit solo Cunningham Gallery, Hawthorne, NY for the ACS
2007 - Book cover & illustrations for Aaron Minsky book Beyond Faith
2007 - Cunningham exhibition notes - Art Business News
2007 - Reaching for The Cure acquired by The American Cancer Society
2007 - Feature article: Juilliard Alumnae/i newsletter
2007 - Feature article: CNRochelle Quarterly - alumni/ae newsletter
2007 - Feature article: Michael Dandry- Eastchester Record
2007 - Manhattan Borough President's Gallery, NYC - CAG group show
2008 - Feature article: Gallery & Studio magazine
2008 - Art exhibition notes in Art Times Journal
2008 - Article in WestArts section The Westchester Business Journal
2009 - Benefit for The Danny Club, New Rochelle, NY
2009 - Berkeley Gallery, Berkeley College, NYC - solo show
2009 - BID Gallery 542, New Rochelle, NY - Benefit : Westchester Phil
2009 - Exhibition notes: Art in America
2009 - Feature article - Overtones, Westchester Phil newsletter, Spring
2009 - Feature article - Overtones, Westchester Phil newsletter, Winter
2010 - Benefit for The Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle
2010 - Flat Iron Gallery, group Paramount Center Arts, Peekskill
2010 - The Gallery on Nob, New Rochelle, NY - solo March - June
2010 - Juror NRCA Utopioptix - Lumen Winter Gallery NRPL 5/10
2010 - Shakespeare at NR Museum Arts & Culture, 5/10 - group
2010 - Solo Pleiades Gallery, NYC 11/2-11/27, Juilliard Benefit
2011 - Sculpture at Washington Square Gallery, Rye Brook, NY
2011 - White Plains Museum Gallery: Solo 3/30 - 6/15
2011 - Feature Article: The Journal News 3/27/11
2011 - Sculpture at James Bedford, NY
2011 - Sculpture at the Katonah Museum gift Shop
2011 - Seaside Steel Sculpture solo - Rye Town Park 10/22 - 11/19
2012 - Pleiades, NYC 38th annual group 2/21 - 3/17
2012 - NRCA Honoring Thea Eichler group 3/11 - 3/28
2012 - ArtsWestch' Contemp. Rhythms Horizon, Fltwd, grp 3/13
2012 - Sculpture featured in Westchester Home article, 3/12 p. 42
2012 - 4th Juried Group: Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers 3/14 - 4/21
2012 - CAG group: Tangential Vision - Manhattan Boro President, 4/3 - 4/27
2012 - Abstract Imaginaries, 2012, solo, Pleiades, NYC 5/15 - 6/9
2013 - Auction & Benefit for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Westchester, April
2013 - Distinguished Alumni Award, Music Conservatory, & solo show 6/13 - 8/13
Evolution is a life process. My artistic journey has taken me to a place of both "reductionism" - the hunt for the smallest building blocks of more complex organisms, and a "synthesis" of past artistic endeavors. Fewer colors and broader painted gestures are part of this evolution.
I came to realize that many miniature paintings exist in the details of my more complicated compositions, and in working with many of the same formal elements I also had visions of Asian calligraphy - "saying more with less."
My newest paintings, "Imaginaries" are Rorschach tests for the viewer. They stimulate the imagination as the audience experiences their rhythm and flow.
I also realized my artistic connection with my father's "Curvilinear" style - the use of Einstein's curved space and time. My experiences as a professional musician strongly influence the presence of rhythm in my "Imaginaries".
Before painting, I contemplate many internal visualizations as being possible painting solutions. When ready, I jump to the canvas.