Jami Tobey

By Carstens, Rosemary | Southwest Art, July 2012 | Go to article overview

Jami Tobey


Carstens, Rosemary, Southwest Art


Gallery 822, July 27-August 20

JAMI TOBEY'S paintings capture the infinite whirl of energy that envelopes us, and they signal a sense of unity and connectedness. The artist, who says she's been in an introspective mood lately, has worked hard to portray her deep connection to nature in the 20 or so paintings that make up her solo show entitled All Colored In. "These new paintings clearly reflect a new direction in my work," Tobey says. "The skies are bigger and bolder and infused with more detail. People are going to see more pointillism and dazzling patterns on the canvases." The show opens at Gallery 822 on July 27 with an artist's reception from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tobey's previous works have focused on the landscape, featuring dynamic representations of mountains and cloud formations. But visitors to this show can ex, pect a few surprises in the artist's choice of fresh subject matter: "I'm a bit fascinated with birds right now," Tobey says. "They are messengers of hope, and [they are] full of tranquility. They flow so easily into my style. I enjoy capturing their bold colors and detailed forms and featuring them among big, bright skies or masses of dark trees."

Sara Shawger, director of Gallery 822, is enthusiastic about the new collection and feels collectors will be, too. "These paintings consist of amplified skies with energetic patterns and high-chroma colors that instill a feeling of wanderlust in the viewer," she says. "There is a spiritual element to Jami's birds - they are fascinating, wise, and mystical."

Art has always been at the heart of Tobey's life, and for as long as she can remember, she's been drawing and painting. …

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