Mark George Tobey (December 11, 1890 – April 24, 1976) was an American artist. His tightly structured compositions, inspired by Asian calligraphy, resemble abstract expressionism, although the motifs of his compositions are philosophically different from most abstract expressionist artists. His work has been widely recognized throughout the United States and Europe. In 1921, Toby founded an art department at the Cornish School in Seattle, Washington. ...
Toby left a strong mark in the history of “900” for his unique calligraphic images, which are the result of lyrical integration between two figurative cultures, Western and Eastern, beginning from traditional Chinese painting on parchment with European cubism. This form of abstraction stems from the different experiences of the artist who lived between Seattle and New York, traveled extensively between Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kyoto and Europe and turned to the Baha’i faith, the monotheistic religion of Abraham born in Iran in the mid-nineteenth century. ..
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In November or December 1935, the painter Mark Tobey (1890-1976) paints his first "white-writing" style paintings. Tobey, who moved to Seattle in 1923, is in England at the time, teaching at Dartington Hall in Devon. In the innovative paintings, he attempts to capture the frenetic energy he has experienced in New York City. The "white writing" paintings ultimately become an important influence in the development of Abstract Expressionism, especially on the work of Jackson Pollock. Mark Tobey returns to Seattle, and emerges as a leading painter of the Northwest School. He is the first to become internationally known.