Details:

This painting explores how bats have symbolized benevolent and malevolent forces in fiction and religion around the world for thousands of years. The artist frequently uses x-rays as jumping-off points for his painterly experimentations with the figure.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Orange Bat

This painting explores how bats have symbolized benevolent and malevolent forces in fiction and religion around the world for thousands of years. This strikes the artist as ironic, as a healthy population of bats often protects humanity from deadly pathogens spread by mosquitos, such as malaria and dengue fever.

Tobin frequently uses x-rays as jumping-off points for his painterly experimentations with the figure. Underneath the top layer of this painting vibrates hieroglyphic inscriptions like spit-out bones. The artist’s words, what he might tell you in his dreams, are hidden behind the painting’s uppermost skin. Tobin’s work frequently contemplates extinction and the daily labor taken to fend it off. The artist's paintings focus almost entirely on the vital rhythms we are most afraid to acknowledge.

Specs:

24 inches
12 inches
1 inches
12 inches

③ Artist:

Kevin Tobin

Kevin Tobin's paintings examine how bats are frequently used as symbols of benevolent and malevolent forces in fiction and religion. The artist often employs hollow core doors as painting substrates for his compositions; likewise, the artist uses teeth x-rays as a jumping-off point for painterly experimentations. Tobin’s paintings explore the most primal aspects of the human body—as well as how culture both connects and separates our species from the animal kingdom.

Kevin Tobin:
Orange Bat, 2021
Oil on wood panel
12.0 × 24.0 inches /