2020 Spring Exhibition > Nick Tobin

Through metal and wood working, I capture the boundless emotions and feelings experienced when I am viewing the natural world. My pieces are similar to that of the Hudson River School painters, where focus is placed on the grandiosity, sublime and wonder of nature. Each piece is a detailed portrait of the citizens of nature, capturing their distinctive features we come to love and be familiar with. At the same time, they’re abstracted to allow any viewer to become familiar with them in their own personal way.

From using materials that cross between the Organic and the Industrial, these materials can be returned to their organic settings in which they came from. I find that taking time to discover both technical skills within a medium and conceptual skills relating to form can greatly aid in this revitalization of the Organic. I’ve recently discovered that various acts of metal forming give the best roots to organic aesthetics. Other techniques will then follow to give new life to the form.

More of my work can be seen on my Instagram @liltobster

Armadillo
Brass, Leather string
4" x 4" x 3"
2018
O=C=O
Copper, Brass, Steel, Enamel
4 ¼" x 4 ¼'
2018
Hiking Stick Rack
Sapele, Birch, Steel Bolt, Hiking Sticks
4' x 2' x 3'
2019
Landscape
Copper, Brass, Enamel
7" x 16"
2019
Ash
Copper, Brass, Steel, Enamel
3 pieces, all 4" x 2 ½"
2020