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Geoffroy Tobe – Artist Opening Reception at the R. B. Stevenson Gallery
April 29 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
R. B. Stevenson Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition “Shelter” A show featuring new paintings by French artist Geoffroy Tobé. This exhibition will be the first solo show for the artist at the gallery.
The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist Saturday April 29, from 5 to 8 pm. and will remain on view through May 27, 2023. Gallery will be open at 1pm for early viewing.
Geoffroy Tobé is a French artist and educator based out of San Diego. Inspired by French moderns as well as California colorists, Geoffroy’s paintings explore nostalgia and memories through people, objects and places with solid, almost geometric, compositions and a powerful use of color. He trained in classical studio arts and art direction at Penninghen in Paris, where he also taught for twelve years. Since 2020, he has taught painting and studio arts at UCSD. He is the president of CREHA, a cultural organization for his region in the Alps, which witnessed unique 20th century art history that has had a lasting impact on his vision and work.
With “Shelter”, Geoffroy is questioning the boundaries of literal and figurative definitions. Shelters are structures that protect you from the elements and give you a place to stay: if you get lost during a storm, the first thing to do is seek shelter. Alongside food, water and sleep, shelter is one of the human physiological needs and at the base of Maslow’s pyramid. Could a shelter also be something, somewhere or someone we feel comfortable with, reassuring us from fear and doubt? Memories, familiar sceneries, places he once lived, or objects he compulsively collects. To him, they are all shelter.