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ALTON  S. TOBEY

The Fragments

"Every canvas that can awaken us more exquisitely and accurately to the infinite and various surface of our experience does that much to sharpen life, and thereby render it more alive."

---Alton S. Tobey

          Tobey's photorealistic or superrealistic Fragments morphed out of a cauldron of 50 years experience in mural painting and some three thousand portraits laced with his love of observation and fascination with mankind on all levels- physical, mental and emotional. Tobey gave birth to the Fragments in the early 80's. This signature style in photorealism would become his most powerful representational art form. Click on any of the images to bring up a larger view.


Hands I
#588. Oil on canvas, 60 x 72

Ghandi
#346. Oil on Canvas 48 x 36

Einstein
#099. Oil on canvas 36 x 48 Collection

          These super realistic canvases are significantly larger than life, bringing the viewer up tightly in touch with the essence of the imagery. The observer is face-to-face with details not normally focused upon in everyday life -- details that are usually taken for granted, if ever even noticed. But Tobey doesn't allow the viewer to escape the truth of the underlying whole.

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It is the special privilege of the fine artist to reveal immediate data with a clarity, intensity and purity that promotes them to a special degree of reality. In the Fragments sensations are more profound and richly clarified through deliberate and explicit pattern; emotions are given a sequence and development such as the exigencies of practical life rarely permit."

---Alton Tobey

Alexander Calder
#430. Oil on canvas 24 x 36

Albert Schweitzer
#565. Oil on canvas 72 x 48

          Beyond mere detail, these up-close experiences brings with them an amplification of the sensations and emotions of the subjects on the canvases. These paintings, often six feet in height, compel the onlooker to be fully present to the intensity of their subjects.

Jack Benny
#098. Oil on canvas
40 x 48

Pablo Picasso
#097. Oil on canvas 60 x 60

Contemplation
#096. Oil on canvas
48 x 40

          From deep contemplation to myrth, in the paintings above, a single eye is chosen to convey its essence -- leaving the viewer with a sense of mysterious fulfillment and yet the desire to see more.

Harry Truman
#095. Oil on canvas 24 x 48

Silena
#407. Oil on canvas 30 x 24

Both eyes together yield a different feeling.

Harry The Buck
Stops Here Truman
#554. Oil on canvas 36 x 48

Embrace
#094. Oil on canvas 48 x 24

Churchill
Weeping Englishman
#093. Oil on canvas 36 x 48

Hands II
#092. Oil on canvas 48 x 36

          Though "the eyes are the mirror of the soul," Tobey defies this truism by his ability to infuse into each of the parts of the bodies in these Fragments, emotional levels one would only expect possible through the use of eyes.

Paganini
#092. Oil on canvas 36 x 44

Freida
#091. Oil on canvas 36 x 50

          The inclusion of thematic surrounding subject matter further takes the viewer into intimate aspects of the subjects' life experiences.

Margaret Thatcher's Thatch
#168. Oil on canvas 34 x 40

The Making of a President
#217. Oil on canvas 36 x 48

          The artist's accomplishments in these photorealistic works would not be complete if they weren't infused somewhere with humor or political commentary -- as can be seen in Margaret Thacher's Thatch and The Making of a President, above.

           Tobey's Fragments capture the essence of his subjects in a manner that proves "less is more". As Tobey himself explains -- these works "reveal the extraordinary that lurks within the ordinary."



           A new page containing many more of Tobey's Fragments paintings has been added to this site. If you haven't seen them yet, just click on the first link below at the bottom of this page to go there, or just click here to see more of these Fragments paintings . . .

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Photos on this page with Alton Tobey and his Fragments by Shirley Zeiberg.


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