timfawcett

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.

 

Inspiration:

“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. 

Exhibitions 

Solo

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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  

Group

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

           

Contact Me

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Bibliography

 

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

Private Collections

UK, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Australia, USA, Japan and Israel