Dr Riptide



Local graphic artist on show at Te Awamutu Museum

This month the Gifford Gallery is showcasing work from local freelance graphic artist and illustrator, Philip Dobbs. 24 year old Dobbs, also known by his artist handle as DrRiptide, completed a Bachelor of Arts at the Waikato Institute of Technology before working in Christchurch for two years with a social media games company where he designed user interfaces and created concept art. His specialties include creatures, landscapes and images that illustrate an abstract concept. In his artist bio he states that his special abilities include: “making faces at commuters, not having a sense of smell and twirling a stylus pen around his fingers.”

One thing that makes Dobbs’ work stand out are his “weapons of choice” to create his work; Photoshop, a Wacom tablet and an Apple computer. With these he is able to create images ranging from photorealistic to cartoony, and frequently his work has a wonderful narrative quality.

The exhibition has three parts; images from a calendar which was a personal project in 2013, a selection of other works including client work and presents for friends and finally an animation which showcases artwork that spans a range of styles.

A selection of prints will be available for sale in The Shop, get them now and own a limited edition print of fabulous local work!

This exhibition is one not to be missed, the attention to detail in the images is incredible, it is open until April 11th.


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January 29, 2015