Today we’d like to introduce you to Tobias Inigo.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
When discussing his own philosophy as an artist, Tobias Inigo admits to being a strong believer in traditional disciplines. Drawing, sketching, painting, and studying have taken him on a circuitous journey from amateurism to decent realism; from bucolic watercolors to anthropomorphic tree portraits. The result is the heuristic confidence to forge his own original expressions.
Tobias Inigo has moved further and further away from using precise traditional tools. His collection of eccentric home-made brushes has become explosive tools for both drawing and painting. Black or Walnut inks, alone or combined with acrylic paints, are his current preferred mediums. While he would have previously considered his approach to a landscape to be very different from a portrait, the artist draws on both traditions in an almost nostalgic way, calling upon influences that pay homage to either or both disciplines.
His works are often allowed the freedom to dictate the process. Imagination fuses with a scratchy realism which may or may not be part of a world we recognize. By playing with both reality and materials, Tobias Inigo provides a rich narrative that is both recognizable and foreign. Tobias Inigo is a USA/UK transient who estimates he is 80% settled in one place… at the moment.
Please tell us about your art.
In selecting an image or a theme for a painting, I find it generally comes to me and, often, in the most unexpected of ways. Having worked my way through being “in love” with a variety of mediums, such as egg tempera and watercolor, I stumbled upon one of the simplest of all mediums – walnut ink. I live in an area where black walnut trees grow in abundance and, thanks to a search on the internet, I developed a process and formula for creating my own deeply brown natural and organic ink.
Beginning with drawings, walnut ink gradually found its way into my paintings and my paintings gradually evolved to incorporate the ink. Working with my collection of strangely shaped homemade paintbrushes and using homemade walnut ink along with acrylic paints, my work changed dramatically. While the two may not seem to be natural partners, the two mediums led me on a journey of both discovery and individual expression.
I see my works as being unique to me and, as an artist, that provides a platform to explore my own distinctive style. My work is a constant source of surprise and I find the process of each painting pushes both my imagination and craftsmanship. The densely fluid energy of my paintings is unmistakably mine alone (so I have been told) and, as an artist, I feel an ownership that is refreshing and liberating.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Just keep at it. Never doubt – never give up. If you want to copy other artists, then copy – at some point, an individual style and energy will emerge. Also, support other artist because their success is your success.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have only recently started to approach galleries and as my online presence becomes more visible, I am hoping more brick and mortar galleries show interest.
- Website: website coming soon
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: tobiasinigoart