I began painting within the abstract linguistics of color shape, and line. This fascination coupled with my desire to illuminate the pivotal quality of marking a canvas led me to my current style. I have found photo-based realism to be the most powerful transference of my ideas. Images arise in which the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality is questioned. I choose images that I find beautiful and contemplative that are not supposed to incite either quality. The silence relayed in these moments after an object has been altered, mangled or destroyed, carries powerful philosophical and conceptual content that I want to be the primary focus of my work. I do not believe I would be able to articulate my own binary discussions of creation/carnage, realism/abstraction and past/future in a more direct way.
There is a deep history to my images that continues far passed the static moment captured on my canvas. Adding and subtracting markings from the piece mirrors the altered object’s history and engages the viewer in their own narratives concerning the indisputable moments and re-visionary details that craft the script to our contemporary world.
ARTWORK: Tim Buwalda
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