Tim Gilpin | ArtGallery.co.uk

United Kingdom

May 2009

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Tim Gilpin is a painter from Northern Ireland now resident in Hertfordshire, England. His recent body of work is something of a sea change from previous compositions, which were mostly inspired by the natural world. In an effort to shift line drawings from sketchbooks onto a larger canvas and into something of a 3-dimensional space, Tim has embarked on a series of "rooms" using flat colour blocking and loose lines to create cartoonish interiors. Tim has exhibited in galleries in both London and Northern Ireland since 2000, as well as extensively online. In 2013, he was chosen by the Arts Committee of the Council of Europe to exhibit his paintings and prints throughout the month of November at their headquarters in Strasbourg, France. Artists who inspire him include Richard Diebenkorn, Patrick Caulfield, Francis Bacon, Henri Matisse, Milton Avery and Hergé. "The 'Rooms' series began life as a simple attempt to transfer figurative line drawings from sketchbooks onto large-canvas format. The drawings looked a little naked, so I experimented by adding colour and working in a three-dimensional interior space for my characters to inhabit. I soon became intrigued by the possibilities of angles and cornered spaces. I'd sketch my bedroom, other rooms in my house, source hotel rooms from the 1950s and 1970s for geometric composition and interior design. I'd work with a loose drawing, scan it, sometimes find a figurative sketch to insert in this new space, then play around with colours in image software before settling on a worked solution. Soon, a combination of flat colour blocking, studied colour matching, loose black lines and a certain pink quadrilateral became the visual motifs for this body of work, the culmination of project research and 35 years' inspiration by Matisse via Richard Diebenkorn, Patrick Caulfield, Milton Avery and (the clincher) Hergé. The paintings are deliberately large (okay, mid-scale if hung in a gallery space). They certainly share, in a desire to upsize what could be individual panels within a comic book, something of Lichtenstein's approach to his dot paintings. And any implied narrative is offset by the visual abstractions of colour, line and shape. The viewer is therefore invited to read these paintings as much for visual form as for narrative subtext." The "Room" series began life as a simple attempt to transfer figurative line drawings from sketchbooks onto large-canvas format. The drawings looked a little naked, so I experimented by adding colour and working in a three-dimensional interior space for my characters to inhabit. I soon became intrigued by the possibilities of angles and cornered spaces. I'd sketch my bedroom, other rooms in my house, source hotel rooms from the 1950s and 1970s for geometric composition and interior design. I'd work with a loose drawing, scan it, sometimes find a figurative sketch to insert in this new space, then play around with colours in image software before settling on a worked solution. Soon, a combination of flat colour blocking, studied colour matching, loose black lines and a certain pink quadrilateral became the visual motifs for this body of work, the culmination of project research and 35 years' inspiration by Matisse via Richard Diebenkorn, Patrick Caulfield, Milton Avery and (the clincher) Hergé. The paintings are deliberately large (okay, mid-scale if hung in a gallery space). They certainly share, in a desire to scale up what could be individual panels within comic book format, something of Lichtenstein's approach to his dot paintings. And any implied narrative is offset by the visual abstractions of colour, line and shape. The viewer is therefore invited to read these paintings as much for visual form as for narrative subtext.

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