Mark Tobey, ‘Serpentine’, 1955, Seattle Art Museum

Overall h.: 36 1/2 in.
Overall w.: 46 5/8 in.

Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Silver Anniversary Fund, 58.114

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 on Artsy

Biennale des Antiquaires, Galerie Diane de Polignac & Chazournes, Paris
New Acquisitions, Nicholas Gallery, Belfast
Spring Selections, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
Winter Selections in Modernism, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
American Painters in Paris, Galerie Diane de Polignac & Chazournes
Modernism in the Pacific Northwest: The Mythic and the Mystical, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle