OUTSIDE ARTIST - Toby Ivey - Untitled Large
Toby Ivey is a sixty-year-old self-ordained minister from Thompson, Georgia who has been painting since 1966. This Atlanta artist was exhibiting his paintings at the Texaco on Moreland Avenue when Marshall Avett, a musician and a founder of Eyedrum gallery in Atlanta first saw Toby Ivey's work. He organized his first exhibition, Remembering Eden, and caught the attention of gallery owner Barbara Archer.
Ivey paints brightly colored images on cardboard, some on discarded billboards and chalkboards. Many of the works have the same spiritual aura found in works by Atlanta artist, Nellie Mae Rowe. Ivey's vision is full of idyllic landscapes and figures painted in vivid colors that possess both a childlike naivete and a strong since of wisdom. His paintings address the good and evil inherent in all humanity and incorporate images that the artist refers to as "protective spirits."
This piece measures 37 1/2" W x 31 1/2" H.