Toby Wright

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

Toby Wright


Finding his early inspiration in the natural world, Toby WRIGHT developed a wide range of subjects along with the study of the old masters in Florence. He developed his career with various galleries from London, to New York and Los Angeles, balancing his personal figurative work and landscapes with various portrait commissions. 

Following his Bachelor of arts degree in illustration from the U.K, he travelled to Florence Italy, where he graduated and taught at The Florence Academy of Art. His positions included director of the drawing program for the sculpture department, and principal instructor in the advanced painting program. He teaches various yearly workshops and occasionally is a guest instructor at all 3 branches of F.A.A.

Spending as much time painting outdoors as indoors, he paints from life for his landscapes and in the studio for his figurative work. His most recent commission is a historic 13-person group portrait for Monaco’s oceanographic museum. It represents for the first time since 1909, the museum’s counsel of administrators under Prince Albert II of Monaco. 

His love for Nature has taken him to unique places. As an artist aboard the Elysium expedition to the Arctic, Toby WRIGHT painted in the extreme conditions of Svalbard, Greenland, and Iceland. With a passion for working from life, he engages directly with nature; whether snorkeling with Orca and Humpback whales in the Arctic waters of Norway, or drawing underwater with the sea lions in the sea of Cortez. He continues to search and expand his vision of where painting will take him next.

Current positions:

  • Ambassador for the Florence Academy of Art.
  • Member of the explorers club NYC.
  • Member of “Académie des sciences et des arts de la mer”, France.

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