Artist Tobias Hodson presents Oil and Water, a collection of recent paintings. His exotic tropical birds, exquisitely detailed botanicals, and lush landscapes will be on display in Ballymaloe Grainstore, on the grounds of Ballymaloe House in Shanagarry, Cork, for the entire month of June.
Working from his studio in Ballyandreen, East Cork, Hodson’s work is inspired by nature and natural history. The exhibition will offer a mix of large watercolours and less traditional images in oil painted on glass. In addition to thirty original paintings, a selection of high-quality prints in a variety of sizes will be available.
“It’s good to get out. Trees, colour and air are good for the soul. Through my painting, I try to bring the outside in. I want my subjects to look as decorative as jewels from the external world,” says Hodson, who moved to East Cork from his native England almost 30 years ago.
“Living with beautiful paintings that pay tribute to the natural world reminds us to slow down and helps us reconnect with nature. Nature is
my inspiration and subject matter, whether it is a traditional landscape, or a bird, or a flower painting.”
Hodson mostly uses established materials, watercolour brushed onto cotton paper, to capture movement and life — the brush control is a slow meditation to make the pigment sing.
His work has been shown in prestigious galleries in Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S. When not in his East Cork studio, he is often found surfing nearby beaches. He is a graduate of the Gloucestershire College of Art and Design.
Oil and Water will be on display in Ballymaloe Grainstore every day during the entire month of June from 10am to 5pm.
A selection of Hodson’s work can be seen on Instagram – click here to view. A new website is under development.