Tim Fowler’s dynamic, large scale semi-abstract works and smaller studies explore the power of texture and tone to communicate ideas and emotions. After deconstructing his subject he rebuilds it piece by piece in a signature palette of vivid hues, experimenting with opacity, textural juxtapositions, finishes and light. While he references nature and humanity, he leaves ample space for ambiguity on every canvas and invites the viewer to complete the work with their own creative response.
While he was still a child, already interested in drawing and painting, Tim stumbled across the 1996 biopic of pop icon and neo-expressionist painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. The combination of their shared cultural heritage and the infectious sense of freedom in Basquiat’s approach made a huge impact on Tim, and seeing the film was a seminal moment for him; where art had been a hobby, becoming an artist became a goal. 10 years later he graduated with a BA in Fine Art and embarked on a career in art.
Using found and made images as a starting point Tim builds layers of pigment, adding abstract fragments, bold marks, broken lines and liberal strokes to create contours and features. He works intuitively, combining oil, acrylic, spray, enamel and graffiti inks. Each composition is a physically demanding event which can occasionally require scaffolding and some unexpected tools, from broad brushes to long handled marker paint mops, to effect purposeful marks, strokes, drips, scrapes and smears across the canvas.