I explore visual and process-based systems to solidify the allusive nature of conceptual ideas. Oscillating from representation to abstract minimalism, printmaking to sculpture, each element in a work is tailored to the concept. The minimalist appearance suggests simplicity, however elaborate planning and systematic execution are at the heart of my practice. Systems create great constraint, yet provide great freedom.
Randy Toy is a Virginia artist and printmaker whose works have been exhibited in Canada, New York, South Korea, Republic of Macedonia, Washington, D.C., and throughout Virginia. Toy's work has been recognized and supported by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with a Professional Fellowship for Printmaking and by the Crayola Corporation with a Liquitex Grant for Painting. Works by the artist can be found in the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Federal Reserve Bank for Richmond, Capital One, Quirk Hotel and notable private collections.
Toy holds an MFA and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, with additional education from the Loughborough College of Art & Design in the United Kingdom, and currently teaches at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Studio School.