The majority of Toby Brown work is based around a feeling or emotion…but there is also an element of how the artist’s interpretation of a line or verse from a song. His work starts it’s journey through closed eyes, listening to music. Lyrics and the feel of a song take Toby’s mind to a place of images and colour. Listening to music takes him into a dream like state, where nothing is as it appears to be, the eyes do not focus and an image or an idea appear and disappear within a split second. Through the medium of sound an image is born. A string of musical notes are transformed into an intense, sometimes emotive image…a group of words from a song brought to life by the strokes of a brush.
Not obvious and devoid of elaboration, each piece can either be viewed along with listening to the chosen song that inspired each work or viewed as an intense, stand alone body of work. Lone, distorted figures emerge from a mist, leaving the viewer wanting to look deeper into each piece. Seen as a natural progression, with a love of music and art, the two blend effortlessly together…using music as a vehicle to transfer what is heard onto canvas.
Drawing inspiration from bands such as Pink Floyd, Kasabian and Jimi Hendrix, the viewer gets a glimpse of how Toby Brown thinks. His work stands mostly in oils and on a large scale. He has often been told that his singular style is very similar to that of an airbrush although Toby doesn’t paint as such…more like scrubbing the paint onto the canvas and building up the tones and shades that way. As a result of this process the artist gets through many brushes very quickly, but it’s seen as a small price to pay for the end result.
A particular fact, Toby has 35% vision in his left eye, so in his work he incorporates both eyes, hence the blurred effect. Toby Brown was born with this condition, but it was never seen as a problem, he early found it gives his work an interesting twist as a result, it shows the viewer how Toby sees the world around.VIEW