“We are meaning-makers. We construct our own worlds,
consciously or not.”
Toby Mulligan has an insatiable desire for communication
though art and an intuitive, exploratory style which is very
much in keeping with his personality. While he admires
a wide range of artistic traditions, he has learned over
the years not to be bound by them, but to paint how and
what he likes. He is, he says, influenced by “everything”;
architecture, the spiralling forms of the universe, sound,
DNA, geography, Matisse… He dislikes what he sees as
much of the angst and obscurity of contemporary art,
believing rather that art is something that flows naturally
as a positive response to the world. This is reflected in the
breadth of his subject matter which ranges from figures and
landscapes to still lives and abstracts.
Toby’s distinctive contemporary works have won him
both critical and public acclaim. His work is in collections
ranging from that of Mick Jagger’s French chateau to the
National Portrait Gallery, and his portfolio of portraits
includes a personal commission from Roger Federer and
an award winning and affectionate painting of his daughter
which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
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