Mark Tobey, ‘Companionship’, 1974, Winchester Galleries

About Mark Tobey

Abstract painter Mark Tobey strived to represent the mystical through art. Inspired by international travels, Eastern religion, Arabic calligraphy, classical music, and the emerging modes of Abstract Expressionism, Tobey created a unique visual language of all-over painting and gestural abstraction, which he called “white writing.” “What I had learned in the Orient had affected more than I realized,” he said. “In a short time white writing emerged. I had a totally new conception of painting.” When working in this technique, Tobey would place white calligraphic marks and symbols atop an abstract field composed of thousands of densely interwoven brushstrokes.

American, 1890-1976, Centerville, Wisconsin

Group Shows

2016
Nicholas Gallery, 
Belfast,
2014
Seattle,
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical
2013
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism / In Context: Seymour Lipton
2012
New York, NY, United States,
INsite/INchelsea: The Inaugural Exhibition
2011
New York, NY, United States,
Evolution in Action
2009
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Expressionism: Further Evidence (Part One: Painting)
2001
New York, NY, United States,
1950-1965: Abstraction on Paper
2000
New York, NY, United States,
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery: The First Decade
1999
New York, NY, United States,
Linear Impulse
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