Josh grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the son of renowned ceramic and bronze sculptors Gene and Rebecca Tobey. Josh began sculpting in clay and casting in bronze at the age of six. "My childhood was full of gallery shows and art foundries. Many of the people I grew up around are today's most established western artists." By ten years old, Josh was helping his father in the studio drilling marble bases for sculpture and working ceramic molds.
After receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, Josh returned home to apprentice his father and step-mother where he began enlarging their sculpture for monument commissions. During this time, he began working on his own professional body of work.
At 36 years old, he is well established in the Western art world creating bronze sculptures of wildlife featuring contemporary patinas. Renowned for this patina work, Josh combines his love of art and his lifelong passion for the outdoors in his bronze sculpture. Sometimes called whimsical, Josh's work also has a serious side; it depicts the "interdependence of wildlife and humanity" by revealing aspects of human emotion, experience and culture through wildlife sculpture. His work ranges in size from miniature to monumental.
Josh's work has been featured in several national magazines, including the cover artist for Wildlife Art. In 2012, he was honored as the poster artist for the Loveland Sculpture Invitational and became an elected member of the National Sculpture Society. Josh has also participated in several museum exhibits and events across the country including: Wheel Wright Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota; National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming for the third consecutive year; The Governors Invitational in Loveland, Co. His work was on display at the Booth Western Art Museum as part of an exhibit, titled "21st Century Regionalist: Art of the New West" and has become a part of the permanent collection. In 2013, he was invited back to the Small Works Great Wonders Show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. He has also been invited to the Collectors' Reserve Show at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the second year in a row.
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