Magazine article Southwest Art

Joshua Tobey & Joseph Alleman

Magazine article Southwest Art

Joshua Tobey & Joseph Alleman

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Astoria Fine Art, July 3-5 & July 21-31

IN JUST SIX years, Astoria Fine Art has emerged as a prominent force in the western art world. Opened in 2006, the gallery represents well-regarded painters and sculptors from around the country. This month Astoria focuses its spotlight on two gifted young artists: sculptor Joshua Tobey and painter Joseph Alleman.

Tobey returns to the gallery for the third consecutive year during the Fourth of July holiday and is present in the gallery daily July 3-5. During last year's show, the gallery sold 30 sculptures. Gallery owner Greg Fulton says that fact is clear evidence of the sculptor's talent and appeal to collectors.

This year's presentation features 40 pieces and includes the unveiling of an array of new works. "Joshua Tobey, as most of the art world already knows, is one of the most popular artists working today," Fulton says. "His style is fresh, often fun, and the patinas represent the finest available anywhere."

It might be said that Tobey learned his art at the knee of a master, his father Gene Tobey, the renowned sculptor who died in 2006. Joshua, who divides his time between Santa Fe, NM, and Loveland, CO, says his father is the biggest influence on his work today. "It seems that the lessons he taught me about art and the art world have new meaning and depth as my career continues," he says.

One of Tobey's favorite pieces in the show is ACE, a life-size bronze depicting a wolf. "I enjoy watching people react to this sculpture. The personality and patina turned out just wonderfully," he says. "It's a sculpture that I designed to stand alone or as a member of a collection of my life-size series. …

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