Toby Raine

Toby Raine

Artist Profile

Biography

Portraits of heroes; portraits of rock stars; portraits of politicians and self-portraits with hangovers. These are the faces of the abstract-figurative world one becomes submerged in when entering a Toby Raine exhibition. Inspired by the hangover of academia and the spurred on methodically by music, Toby Raine has emerged as leading figure in the contemporary New Zealand art-scape for these heavily impasto and gestural portraits. Whilst completing his Doctorate at Elam in NZ, Raine focused on just painting, a job that he has often likened to an obsession. His creative process is ritualistically dictated by music, whether it be turning the painting around every three songs or only painting counter-clockwise for one song. These controlled and often restrictive activities are often directly referenced in the titles of the works, which are almost as impressive as the works themselves.

Portraits of heroes; portraits of rock stars; portraits of politicians and self-portraits with hangovers. These are the faces of the abstract-figurative world one becomes submerged in when entering a Toby Raine exhibition. Inspired by the hangover of academia and the spurred on methodically by music, Toby Raine has emerged as leading figure in the contemporary New Zealand art-scape for these heavily impasto and gestural portraits. Whilst completing his Doctorate at Elam in NZ, Raine focused on just painting, a job that he has often likened to an obsession. His creative process is ritualistically dictated by music, whether it be turning the painting around every three songs or only painting counter-clockwise for one song. These controlled and often restrictive activities are often directly referenced in the titles of the works, which are almost as impressive as the works themselves.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 The last innocent thing left, Scott Lawrie Gallery, Auckland
2020 Saints, Sinners, Saliva, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2019 Heroines and Heroin, Paige Blackie, Wellington
2018 Hair of the Dog, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Heroes and Hangovers, Gow Langsford, Auckland
2018 Smoke ’em if you got ’em, Page Galleries, Wellington
2017 Sydney Contemporary, Paige Blackie
2017 Man Crush, Paige Blackie, Wellington.
2016 Man Crush, Gus Fisher, Auckland
2015 The Beard Portraits, Wallace Gallery Morrinsville Flexi-Space, Morrinsville
2013 666 Chapter Two, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland
2012 Omen, Second Storey Gallery, Auckland
2012 Atrocity Kitchen, RM Gallery, Auckland
2011 Deep Zen Pill, St Paul Street Gallery Three, Auckland
2009 First, Solo Exhibition, Space 20

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021 The Lockdown, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2021 Summer New, James Makin Gallery, Melbourne
2020 Semicolon Project, Charity Auction, Foenander Gallery Auckland
2020 Stronger at the broken Places. Creative Art Napier Art Gallery, New
Zealand
2020 Virtual Viewing Room, Melbourne Art Fair (MAF) Jun 1-7, Melbourne
2020 Auckland Art Fair, Gow Langsford Gallery, Melbourne
2019 Beyond Kapene Kuku/Captain Cook, Page Blackie Gallery, Wellington
2019 A Thousand Stories, Charity Auction, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland
2018 Sydney Contemporary, Booth B02, Gow Langsford Gallery, Sydney
2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Page Blackie stand, Sydney
2017 Identification, The Vivian, Matakana
2017 Works from the Toxic Room, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland
2016 Works from the Toxic Room, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland
2016 Wallace Art Awards Travelling Show, The Dowse, Wellington
2016 The Collector/ Gather Part 4, Wallace Gallery Morrinsvile
2016 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist Exhibition, Auckland
2016 Show, curated by Ed Hanfling, Ramp Gallery, Hamilton
2016 A Case of Misdirection, curated by Justin Jade Morgan and Karl Bayly,
Wallace Gallery
2016 Morrinsville Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalist Exhibition
2015 Wallace Art Awards Travelling Show, The Dowse, Wellington
2015 Walker & Hall Waiheke Art Award Finalist Exhibition. Waiheke
2015 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist Exhibition, Auckland
2015 No Remedy, but More, Antoinette Godkin Gallery, Auckland
2015 Much of Muchness, Wallace Gallery Morrinsville, Morrinsville
2015 Nadene Milne Summer Group Exhibition, Arrowtown
2015 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalist Exhibition
2014 Saloon Des Ferari, Ferari Gallery, Auckland
2014 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalist Exhibition
2014 Painting Now: Out of Elam, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
2013 Saloon Des Ferari, Ferari Gallery, Auckland
2013 666 Chapter One/Oh Dr Heaven, Toby Raine and Guy Howard Smith,
2013 St Paul Street Gallery Three
2013 When Music’s the Muse, Group Show, Uxbridge Creative Centre
2013 National Contemporary Art Award, Waikato Museum, Hamilton
2013 Fanatic: Toby Raine and Rebecca Delange, Strines Gallery, Melbourne,
Australia
2013 Painting Now: Out of Elam, The Vivian Gallery, Matakana
2012 Saloon Des Ferari, Ferari Gallery, Auckland Wallace Art Awards
Travelling Show,
2012 The Dowse, Wellington
2012 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist Exhibition, Auckland
2012 Best of Second Storey, Second Storey Gallery
2012 Gordon’s Walters Prize Exhibition, Snake Pit Gallery
2012 Glaister Ennor Graduate Award Exhibition, Orex Gallery
2012 Launch 2011, Projectspace B431 To Take Place, Window Gallery,
Auckland

AWARDS, PRIZES & RESIDENCIES
2016 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist
2016 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalist
2015 Walker and Hall Waiheke Art Award Finalist
2015 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist Molly Morpeth Canaday Award
Finalist
2014 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalist
2013 National Contemporary Art Award Finalist
2012 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist
2012 Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Award Finalist
2012 NZAAT Emerging Artist Award Winner
2012 Studio Art Supplies Artists Alliance Award Winner
2012 Molly Morpeth Canaday Award Finalist
2011 Annual Wallace Art Awards Finalist TCAC Emerging Artist Awards Finalist
2010 Rob Thomas Auckland Art Challenge Overall Winner
2010 Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Watercolour Scholarship Winner
Adam Portraiture Award
2010 Denise Gerard Scholarship Winner
2009 Main Art Award Winner Henrietta and Lola Anne Tunbridge Watercolour
Scholarship Finalist
2008 Adam Portraiture Award Finalist

ARTWORKS

  • Disparing Mary Mother ChristToby Raine Disparing Mary Mother Christ 2021 oil on linen 55 x 50cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Baron Yeti Lives.....? Princess Isabelle, BraveheartToby Raine Baron Yeti Lives.....? Princess Isabelle, Braveheart 2020 oil on linen 55 x 50cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Baron Yeti Lives..? Ray of Dark: Madonna Without Adrenochrome Singing About Fried FishToby Raine Baron Yeti Lives..? Ray of Dark: Madonna Without Adrenochrome Singing About Fried Fish 2020 oil on linen 55 x 50cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Mel Gibson as Hamlet blaming it on Ophelia, secretly drunk and probably blaming the JewsToby Raine Mel Gibson as Hamlet blaming it on Ophelia, secretly drunk and probably blaming the Jews 2020 Oil on canvas 100 x 115cm $9,800.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Michellle Pheiffer Ladyhawke studyToby Raine Michellle Pheiffer Ladyhawke study 2020 oil on linen 55 x 50cm $4,500.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Study for Mel Gibson Getting Drunk and Blaming on the Jews with FlowersToby Raine Study for Mel Gibson Getting Drunk and Blaming on the Jews with Flowers 2020 oil on linen 50 x 45cm $4,200.00 ENQUIRE →
  • Michelle Pfeiffer (study- Ladyhawke)Toby Raine Michelle Pfeiffer (study- Ladyhawke) 2019 oil on linen 50 x 45cm $4,200.00 ENQUIRE →

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