DANE TOBIAS

My artworks provide the viewer with artistic depictions of the man-made suburban environment, which includes looking at both exterior and interior spaces through the use of vibrant colour and my highly intuitive eye for detail.  I am influenced by the way that interior spaces are depicted in home decorating magazines as a fashionable and glamorous way of life, even though many people cannot get their interiors to look as good as they do in them, and in doing so can err on the side of bad taste. The iconic exteriors of Australian residential properties give clues to what may lie behind the front door. It is evident that such fashionable and iconic interiors and exteriors in home decorating magazines are designed to attract the reader’s attention. The viewer can be seduced by the beauty of the imagery and the descriptions. In my works I use these images by playing around with the placement of objects and their colour schemes and descriptions to manipulate the viewer. I have often noticed that home decorating magazines use pleasing and often light-humoured captions and headlines to seduce their readers. 

I have also become interested in the human form and I am finding ways of integrating the classical figure into some of my suburban interiors. I am revisiting some of my interest in how the human figure is used in Pop Art.

My artistic influences include artists Howard Arkley, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield and Richard Hamilton. 

 

In 2018, I was the first artist-in-residence at Newcastle Art Space.  I now have my own studio space at N.A.S.  and my studio practice has developed as a result of having a stable workspace. My artistic processes include en-plein air drawing, collage, watercolour and recently I have started experimenting with gouache as a painting medium. I have recently been awarded an artistic mentorship at Newcastle ArtSpace in 2021-22 with artist Graham Wilson, It is a 12-month mentorship with a joint exhibition at its conclusion.