Artist Tobin Karicher will exhibit his works at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen through Nov. 13. (Photo by Ash Daniel)
Tobin Karicher has created art in Richmond for the past seven years, but his upcoming show at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen's Gumerick Family Gallery represents his first local solo exhibition. The show will feature a variety of his work, from portraits to his atmospheric “Noctilucent” landscapes.
Karicher, who studied painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, worked for many years as an artist in New York, specializing in portraiture. He moved here in search of a slower-paced life. “You have to be a movie star or a millionaire to live [in New York],” he says. “It was time for a break.”
For the past four years he’s painted in a studio in Church Hill, a location that has inspired his art. “I think Church Hill has a haunted, beautiful feeling to it, he says. “It has the moodiest skies. You get a great look at the sky from this end of the city.”
For his Night Flowers series, he rides his bike through the neighborhood at dusk, stopping to photograph flowers, often deliberately out of focus. “I come back to the studio and take it from there.” he says. The resulting paintings are dreamy and murky, with hints of decay and rot. “I like a little bit of a dark element to them,” he says.
His moody “Noctilucent” paintings conjure up a dream landscape and are not painted from a photo, but rather the artist’s imagination. Karicher says that in all his work, “I am trying to get across a feeling. A luminescence is very important to me, a certain mood.”
He also continues to paint portraits, which are done in a classical realist style. “[Portraits are] very demanding, very precise,” he says. “I always want a fluid feel to them, but it has to have the eyes exact. You have to capture the expression.”
In the past year he has exhibited in Portland, Cincinnatti and New Orleans and is looking forward to introducing his paintings here. “I would be very happy if Richmond gets to know my work a little bit better,” he says.
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