Layered Style: Painting by Timothy Sullivan
Our featured artist today is Timothy J. Sullivan! Timothy is a painter who uses a layered style, applying a thick coat of paint and scraping it away using rags, palette knives and large brushes.
The look and texture of Timothy’s paintings is remarkably varied, depending on the different paint colours and removal techniques. The substrate that the paint is applied to might create a very rough texture, or a smooth polished texture – the latter is visible especially in the paintings that Timothy finishes with resin. The artist seems to have an affinity for the contrasting colour combination of blue and red as in his Blue Red Collection, where highly saturated splashes of red and blue seem to fight for supremacy over the painted surface.
The way Timothy works his paintings is to make it seem as though he’s slowly digging through
layers of colour, sort of painting in reverse. This contrasts with other artists who create palette knife paintings by addition.