artincontext Main Index   |   Welcome   |   Register   |   Edit

Mark Tobey
Northwest Drift
Tempera and gouache on paper on board

1135 x 905 mm
Presented by the American Friends of the Tate Gallery 1961 © The estate of Mark Tobey/DACS 2016

Tate Britain

Excerpt from Tate Modern, London:

Mark Tobey
Northwest Drift, 1958

After studying calligraphy in China and Japan, Tobey developed a technique of painting with rapid brushstokes, which he called ‘white writing’. Northwest Drift is one of several works that reflect his meditative response to landscape. He wrote: ‘Seattle where I painted this picture is a place of virginal winds, air currents and intermingled seasons... Gray skies, gray water make one conscious of this color and I have used a series of gray tones which seem so indigenous to the locale.’

November 2005


Mark Tobey, American, (1890-1976)
b. December 11, 1890, Centerville, WI
d. 1976

Art in Context - Projects:
Art in Context - Art for the Day: December 11

© 1995-2019 Art in Context Center for Communications. All rights reserved.