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Layers of Pigment: The Art Portfolio of Timothy J. Sullivan

A painting made using splashes of coloured paintBy Day or Night It Is Done, mixed media on paper

Timothy J. Sullivan is a self-taught artist who works in a subtractive method -- that is, he applies thick layers of pigment to a canvas or other substrate, then removes them strategically, scraping away media to reveal new and interesting abstract visuals. 

A painting with warm orange tones and heavy black abstract detailsSurvivors, acrylic on canvas


It’s really interesting to look through Timothy’s art portfolio and see the myriad ways that his artistic technique can come to fruition. No two works are exactly alike, and the stylistic consistencies serve to better emphasize the unique imperfections and happy accidents that arise from letting the media work together naturally. 

The front page of Timothy J. Sullivan's art portfolio


The artist’s works from 2018-2019 represent a departure from the purely subtractive methodology of some previous works. In the newer works, Timothy has experimented with splashing lines and thin strips of pigment only various “canvases” in a method reminiscent of Jackson Pollock, with a sense of energy that’s immediate, rather than reserved.

A painting made using blue pigment on white groundThe Blues have it., acrylic on paper

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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