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Intimate, Textured Portraits by Timothy Tyler

A close-up portrait of a young woman on textured boardLove Maker, oil on textured wood

Timothy Tyler is a painter who draws inspiration from fashion, creating intimate, textured portraits of women in mysterious and surreal situations. In his current practice, Timothy is working on textured wood panels, making paintings that are roughly obscured by their surfaces.


A painting of a sewing mannequin with a real female faceBefore the Show, oil on canvas

Timthoy has a selection of older works available in his portfolio – it’s interesting to be able to see the progression from these to what he has been more recently working on. The motif of the sewing mannequin appears in many of his works, where he paints a real woman’s head atop this facsimile. The effect is a somewhat eerie take that seems to speak to the vapidity of the fashion industry, with women appearing as blank slates waiting to be dressed.


A screen capture of the front page of Timothy Tyler's websiteThe front page of Timothy's art website

The artist’s most recent works seem much smaller in scope, focusing in on a face or a single object such as a tube of lipstick. The texturing of some of the surfaces and Timothy’s choice of palette lend these works a look that reminds me of classical renaissance paintings or frescoes. 

A close-up portrait of a woman wearing large sunglassesStar Gazer, oil on wood

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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