The Art Stable is delighted to present the fifth solo exhibition of work by Tobit Roche here at The Art Stable in Child Okeford, which will consist entirely of paintings of the sea and sky.
Living for part of the time just a few minutes walk from the sea, Tobit has become fascinated by that and it’s interaction with the sky. Daily paintings are made directly observing from the beach and larger ones worked up in the studio. The result is a series of images capturing the variety of mood and atmosphere of that ever changing relationship.
The Sea and Sky meet each other at the horizon yet the horizon is always out of reach: as we move towards it, it continually backs away from us. The Sea and Sky bounce off one another reflecting each other’s light and darkness, and yet sometimes they merge, to become almost one in a sublime fourth dimension, hovering or disappearing on the horizon. Both are endowed with endless ever-changing moods: there can be anger and danger as well as peace and calm and this is tied to our own human emotions and how we look upon the world.
Tobit Roche, August 2021
Born in Manchester in 1954, Tobit grew up in Hong Kong, Canada and India. He attended the Ontario College of Art from 1974-6, coming into contact with ‘The Group of Seven’ painters and Camberwell from 1977-80. Tobit then spent a year working alongside Duncan Grant at Charleston.