Tim Fawcett - Painter
"... aligned with Tim’s calm manner is a heightened sensitivity to social situations ensuring the paintings created by this caring and perceptive artist filter his own feelings alongside challenging society’s standards."
Sandra Smith 2018
Tim Fawcett is a painter, originally from Cambridge, studied Fine Art at Sunderland and Cambridge with PGCE training at Brighton. He moved to the Isle of wight, in order to commit to his practice full time.
I’m sure most of us have at some point played the family game of monopoly, a seemingly benign game on the face of it, but how many times have we all had to tolerate the intense one-upmanship that others see fit to unleash upon us, when they are winning?
It is perhaps this human trait, which I see as the tip of a malevolent iceberg, that I rail against, and fuels my impulse to paint. My art is rooted in empathy for the underdog and the repressed, it is an exploration of how and why I feel compelled to connect with this group, and indeed the audience, through the process of painting.
I am first drawn to found images of people with whom I feel an emotional affinity, this has led to collaboration with photo-journalists Lynsey Addario and Robin de Puy, and a more recent series of appropriated chiaroscuro paintings after Carravaggio. Then by responding instinctively through a rapid, gestural painting process, I aim to create a more honest, expressive and sometimes visceral new form. I am fascinated by the resulting unconscious application of paint, and it’s own abstract quality, which is equal in significance to the figures inhabiting that space.
A collector last year visited a show, she was immediately drawn to a large, frenetically gestural portrait I had recently finished. Silently, there she stood, gazing at the drippy painted surface. Her face first became red, followed by tears, floods of tears. This response is what makes my job totally worthwhile, and why I continue to paint - emotional connection!
2017 Solo show “Life is Modern Rubbish” Jackhouse Gallery Portsmouth
2013 "Distillation" Redrooster, Brighton
2019 Open Studio , Ryde, Isle of Wight
2019 Quay Arts Gallery, Isle of Wight - Group Showcase
2018 Dynamite Gallery, Brighton -Group show,
2017 Camaver Kunsthaus, Italy,
2017 Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London
2016 DMH Stallard London, Group show
2016 Ink-d Gallery Group show
2016 Shortlisted for National Open Art Competition
2016 Art for Syria Auction donation
2016 Big Heart Charity Auction donation
2015 Galerie de Francony - Selected works
2015 King's Hill Gallery, Kent, UK
2015 DMH Stallard, Gatwick, UK
2015 Ink-d gallery - summer
2015 Saatchi online "Artist of the Day"
2015 Spring Show Jeffrey Meier Gallery New Jersey
2014 Phoenix Gallery Brighton "A3" group show & auction
2014 Phoenix Open Studios
2014 Ink-d Gallery Brighton "Pushing Paint"
2013 Affordable Art Fair - Battersea, London
2013 JAG Gallery –Brighton
2016 Willow foundation Charity Art Auction
2012 Affordable Art Fair - Hampstead, London
2012 Affordable Art Fair - Battersea, London
2010-2012 Lilford Gallery, Canterbury
Ink-D gallery Brighton
No Walls Gallery
First Floor 2 Gallery
Brighton Art Fair
Brighton Festival, Five Ways GuestArtist
Brighton Festival, Roundels &Scoundrels
Worthing Museum & Gallery
Toovey’s Contemporary Art Auction
Art House Emsworth
Ceolfrith Gallery Sunderland
Smith, Sandra: “In the Frame”, Hampshire Life, January edition, 2018
Crowe, Rebecca: “Modern Rubbish is Life”, Solo exhibition catalogue, 2017
Giornale di Lecco: “Villa Monastero ospita l’arte internazionale”, Italy 8th June 2017
Williams, Kathy (Mental Health Arts): “Unmade”, group show, Foal Arts, Ryde 2017
UK, Italy, France, Australia, USA, Israel.