Collection of the Dartington Hall Trust
Photo by Kate Mount.
An American abstract expressionist painter, Tobey came to Dartington in 1931 where he was resident artist of the school. In addition to teaching, he painted frescoes for the school and became a close friend of Bernard Leach. In the 1930s he achieved notoriety with his “white writing” paintings, consisting of a web of calligraphic marks painted in white on a gray or coloured ground which soon displaced his representational work.