An overview of Oxtoby's latest series of paintings dedicated to the music he grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s. 13 paintings illustrated, with full biographical details and photographs of David Oxtoby by Mary McCartney (2006) and Michael Cooper (1963).
"For nearly 50 years David Oxtoby's paintings and drawings have been as married to their rock'n'roll subject matter as Cézanne's were to the Mont Sainte-Victoire or Toulouse-Lautrec's were to the Moulin Rouge dance hall... The great originality of Oxtoby's approach has been to use his art as a way of creating a visual equivalent to the music he loves, to immerse himself in its spirit and allow it to fuel his imagination, his sense of colour and form. Although he has repeatedly demonstrated a great knack for capturing likeness, he is less concerned with the accuracy of a rock star's features than he is with conveying a characteristic stance or mood that brings to life the essence of that person." Marco Livingstone.