Toni Toscani provides an intimate look at mortality and spirituality

 

Brooklyn-based artist Tony Toscani makes portraits of everyday life imbued with a millennial lethargy. The characters he creates are swollen, their limbs are inflated, appearing almost like they are going to float. Their heads seem minuscule in comparison to their mammoth bodies, their eyes downcast and averted, never making contact with the audience.

His vivid figurative paintings, which depict young, beautiful people sunk in a soporific stupor, are as recognisable as they are jarring. They are of us, we viewers quickly realise, and our friends and peers, we are the subject of this aesthetic study, and we didn’t even know we were participating in it

Tony Toscani, Before Sleep, 2018, Oil on Linen, 32

Tony Toscani, Before Sleep, 2018, Oil on linen, 32 x 32 inches

Tony Toscani, Woman In Brown Pants, 2018, Oil on Woman In Brown Pants, 2018© Tony Toscani, courtesy of Massey Klein

Tony Toscani, Selfie Pose, 2018, Oil on Linen, 16 Selfie Pose, 2018© Tony Toscani, courtesy of Massey Klein

Tony Toscani, Melancholy, 2018, Oil on linen, 30 xMelancholy, 2018© Tony Toscani, courtesy of Massey Klein

Tony Toscani, Checking Instagram, 2018, Oil on LinChecking Instagram, 2018© Tony Toscani, courtesy of Massey Klein

Tony Toscani, The Conversation, 2017, Oil on linen, 28 x 40 inches

Tony Toscani, The Conversation, 2017, Oil on linen, 28 x 40 inches

Tony Toscani, Extension, 2018, Oil on linen, 28 x 14 inches

Tony Toscani, Extension, 2018, Oil on linen, 28 x 14 inches

Tony Toscani, Kinship, 2018, Oil on linen, 2018, 22 x 28 inches

Tony Toscani, Kinship, 2018, Oil on linen, 2018, 22 x 28 inches

Tony Toscani, Melancholy In White, 2018, Oil on linen, 38 x 32 inches

Tony Toscani, Melancholy In White, 2018, Oil on linen, 38 x 32 inches

Tony Toscani, Panic, 2017, Oil on linen, 24 x 12 inches

Tony Toscani, Panic, 2017, Oil on linen, 24 x 12 inches

Tony Toscani, Pensive Looking Man, 2018, Oil on linen over panel, 23.5 x 22 inches

Tony Toscani, Pensive Looking Man, 2018, Oil on linen over panel, 23.5 x 22 inches

Tony Toscani, Women On The Beach, 2017, Oil on linen, 39 x 28 inches

Tony Toscani, Women On The Beach, 2017, Oil on linen, 39 x 28 inches

All images © Tony Toscani

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