Tobin Sprout is an American artist, musician and children’s book creator. As a musician, he was well known as a founding member of the indie rock band Guided by Voices before going out on his own, releasing his first solo album, Carnival Boy, in 1996. As an artist, Tobin is famous for his photo-realism large format paintings, especially the “Superchrome” series, although he does paint in other styles as well. His children’s book, Elliott, about a magician’s rabbit who finds the courage to leave his top hat, sold out of its first print run, and will soon be available on Kindle.
Tobin was born in 1955 in Dayton, Ohio and studied graphic design and illustration at Ohio University. His fine art has appeared in several juried shows, art journals and gallery shows, including one-man shows in Leland Michigan and Chicago.
As a musician, Tobin has inspired a loyal fan base for his pop songs. He has released 7 solo albums, and toured to support them. He has also performed in several bands, including recent shows with Guided by Voices. Tobin records many of his songs at his home studio, Moonflower Studios.