Obscene Colours Press Release

1 Dec 2018

Obscene Colours is the newest art exhibition from James O'Toole, a promising young artist. The vibrant paintings have a focus on the nude form. Abstract, impressionist and pop styles collide. You are warmly invited to the launch party.

Large stretched cotton canvases adorn the walls, the shallow edges of the canvases are gold like a frame. Behind the framing gold: a swirl of shapes; many colours and abstract forms.

The abstract forms vary in expressive style. Some layers use wet paint and allow it to run and mix. Other layers feature geometric shapes of bold solid colour. All in a pop colour palette.

Nude forms lay and sit in the abstract world: an impressionist style is adopted; the colour palette often approaches realism, but deviates to pop colours; at times an impasto technique is applied.

Collaged photos are boldly placed over the abstract form, with striking changes in texture. The smooth gradients of the skin from magazine model photographs stands in stark contrast with the painterly and wet texture of the acrylic on canvas.

Stenciled spray paint adds further depth and complexity to the work. Stenciled paper snowflakes create symmetrical patterns.

James O'Toole is starting out as a professional artist. James has had some early successes with "The Gender Series" and his residency at The Green Man Gallery, the venue for the exhibition and launch party.

James is not only a proficient artist, but also a proficient web developer: he has developed his own eCommerce website (www.james-o.tools); further, he is beginning to prove other artists with websites (www.maxtopan.co.uk) and online stores.

In Obscene Colours, James has used many different styles; techniques and textures that ensure the art show will be a delight for the eyes. You're missing out if you don't see this new art coming in the new year.

You can meet James O'Toole at the launch event, at The Green Man Gallery (Buxton, SK17 6PY), on 2nd February 2019 from 5:30pm til late.

You can see the art at The Green Man Gallery, from 2nd February to 27th February.


Released Images

The following images are photographs of some of the work that will display at the exhibition. Chaise Lounge is the leading image for promotional leaflets and posters. The images are free to be used, printed, displayed in order to promote the Obscene Colours exhibition and launch by any individual or party.

Each image is accompanied with a link, following the link will take you to an informative web page with: image downloads; a short paragraph to describe or accompany the art ; size of the work and a brief statement of medium used.


Chaise Lounge

Chaise Lounge


Snowflake Eye

Snowflake Eye


Stone Leaping Lung

Stone Leaping Lung


Colourful Floating Sun

Colourful Floating Sun


Max Reclining

Max Reclining


Thank you for taking the time to look over this document.

Kind Regards,

James O'Toole