Grace Tobin

Grace Tobin (b. 1993) investigates how the complex relationships we hold to the spaces we inhabit impact our sense of self and identity. Grace employs the figure and abstracted botanical forms to re-imagine how an environment can mirror the psychological and physiological connections we create to our world and inform a sense of identity through time. The graphical painting style paired with the repetitive pattern that Grace deploys mirror the themes of imperfection and repetition in our lives and routines.

Grace Tobin

First Impressions, 2021 

Oil on canvas

120 cm x 90 cm 

Grace Tobin

First Impressions (Detail), 2021 

Oil on canvas

120 cm x 90 cm 

The spaces Grace paints with much subtracted material, present a segmented reality. Her work presents the speculative, contemplative times in which we are formed, informed, and reminded by our surroundings. The unknown, the intangible, and the waiting expressed through her work embody the idle and languorous sense of self that we often only meditate on in environments in which we find comfort. With paint and pattern combined, Grace expresses how feelings, experiences, and understandings can all change with a bit of perspective.

Grace Tobin

Amidst, 2021 

Oil on canvas

120 cm x 90 cm 

Grace Tobin

Amidst (Detail), 2021 

Oil on canvas

120 cm x 90 cm 

Grace Tobin

Sisters, 2021 

Oil on canvas

122 cm x 154 cm 

Grace Tobin

Sisters (Detail), 2021 

Oil on canvas

122 cm x 154 cm 

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Artist Profile

Grace Tobin

Born 1993 in London, UK

Lives and works in London, UK

Education

2022

MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2016

BA Visual Arts, Oberlin College, Ohio, US

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Bushwick Open Studios, Eye of the Beholder, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions

2021

Royal College of Art, Work in Progress Show, London, UK

2016

Fisher Gallery, The Nature of Chaos, Ohio, USA

Baron Gallery, Going Places, Ohio, USA

Space Gallery, Community Spaces, Ohio, USA

2015

Fisher Gallery, Halftime Showcase, Ohio, USA

Ginko Gallery, Critter Collection, Ohio, USA

2014 

She Is A Problem, zine exhibition, Illinois, USA

Kendal Home, Compilation of Students Yearly Work, Ohio, USA

2011

Sloan Fine Art, Single Fare: Please Swipe Again, New York, USA

Awards

2012

John Frederick Oberlin Merit Scholarship, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

Press

2016

plain china, online literary magazine, Vermont, USA

The Plum Creek Review, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

2015

The Plum Creek Review, Oberlin College, Ohio, USA

Works

Grace Tobin

First Impressions, 2021 

Oil on canvas

120 cm x 90 cm  

Grace Tobin

Amidst, 2021 

Oil on canvas

120 cm x 90 cm 

Grace Tobin

Sisters, 2021 

Oil on canvas

122 cm x 154 cm 

Unless otherwise stated, artworks © The Artist. © 2021 London Paint Club

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