Mark Tobey | Shape of Things

Mark Tobey (1890-1976) was an innovative and experimental painter, using abstract imagery, soft pastels (rather than “natural” objects) to capture the environment, and dark mist chroma for lighting effects within his works. He would also work in other aesthetics, including cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. Tobey became famous as one the "big four" founders of the Northwest School of art and for his brushtroke and compositional technique called "white writing" which presaged the "all over" style of greats such as Jackson Pollock. Here, we see some examples of this technique, as well as his works using cubism and other styles of expression to captures the impressions and shapes of people, objects, and places.