Tim Fawcett - Painter
Tim Fawcett is a painter, originally from Cambridge, studied Fine Art at Sunderland and Cambridge with a brief spell of PGCE training at Brighton where he continued to paint and exhibit whilst freelancing as an architectural designer. He moved to the Isle of Wight, UK in 2016, in order to commit to his practice full time.
Fawcett paints family, but also robots, headphones, fallen angels, and stick figures seemingly as a child might. All of them are made as juvenile as possible, in the vein of the mainstream-shunning art Brutists of the 1950s, purposefully disgorging the orthodoxy drummed into him at university in the 80’s and the following years spent perfecting a loosely gestural and expressive figuration.
Purposely unlearning the skills and creative process, Fawcett approaches his work with a child's free spirit, He embraces error and irregularity as key elements of his oeuvre. He continuously strives to create distance between his adult self and the final result, realising complex concepts and finding meaning and potential in the banal with the freedom of a child to express this.
The speed at which he works often captures the energy, fed by his music which in turn often transposes into a powerful kinetic energy in his painting. His playlist can also inspire the titles of his works. The focus of the painting, often a motif, may take seconds to compose, then may be reconsidered and over-painted entirely and complete by the end of a 45 minute album, achieving a one-hit composition whenever he can.
Fawcett asserts his seemingly chaotic and hurried process, builds on an obsessive amount of internalizing, agonizing, pacing around his studio, and looking into recent obsessions with family relationships and the way they resurface.
After deciding to unlearn what he thought he knew, the artist came out the other side with a renewed commitment to the spontaneity and freedom he recently found whilst teaching adults with learning disabilities.
“I’m a huge fan of Cy Twombly because of his combination of raw gesture and conceptualism, and Edvard Munch for his depth of emotional intelligence and his ability to harness this in a painting”. Music of course plays an essential part in his process too, both lyrically and sonically.
He is not the first person to needle the my-kid-could-do-that crowd, but he might be the first who does so with his tongue firmly in his cheek, often in the title alone, eg “Good golly Miss Molly and boats”, a line from Ian Dury’s reasons to be cheerful part III, which has absolutely nothing to do with the painting, other than it happened to be playing whilst making the piece and it that it resonated at that moment in time. His work plays with the high-low dynamic, but It’s the raw energetic nature of it that chimes with sincerity.
Tim Fawcett is based in Isle of Wight, UK, his work has been exhibited extensively throughout the UK and shown in Italy and USA.
2021 Arch Window Gallery, Isle of Wight.
2020 "Edge of Abstraction", Aspire, Ryde. Curated by Jan Johnston and Zoe Barker
2017 Solo show “Life is Modern Rubbish” Jackhouse Gallery Portsmouth
2013 "Distillation" Redrooster, Brighton
2022 Hera Margate
2022 The Other Art Fair London
2022 Riboleau Open studios group show
2022 Arch Window Gallery, "Blue and Yellow" Ukraine fundraiser
2021 Flowers Gallery London, Small is beautiful XXXIX
2020 JP Art Gallery London, Autumn and Winter Exhibitions
2020 Artists for NHS, St Mary's Hospital, Newport
2020 Artists for YMCA fundraiser, donated works for young carers
2020 The Other Art Fair, Trueman's Brewery, London Mar 19-22nd POSTPONED
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 group show
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
2009 Ink-D gallery Brighton - "pushing paint" group show
2009 No Walls Gallery - group show
2009 First Floor 2 Gallery -group show
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, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, USA, Japan and Israel