Riverton, South Australia, Australia
About Timothy Dell
I am a painter and collagist in mainly large scale work developed from the mind, it's memories, associations and desires. The themes are usually anecdotal and I only rarely want to create work that is violent or disturbing, preferring intimacy and chance happenings, moods, journeys etc. I trained with Mr.Roland Weight, who taught me to draw and paint in the tradition of European Tonal Realism, and helped me gain a philosophical/aesthetic position within this tradition, which still is observable in Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney and Brett Whitely. Mr. Weight, who I met in Byron Bay was at that time the presiding teacher and artist around whom gathered a polymath environment of artists, musicians, writers, scientists and students. I moved to South Australia in 2007 to live and work with Roland and a number of other artists from the school, which was "The School of Encouragement". The two main strands of my practice are oil painting and collage. The early twentieth century pioneering artist, Kurt Schwitters began picking up pieces of rag, newspaper,playing cards, postal stamps and other 'non art' materials which he assembled in two dimensions. He insisted that this was a new method of painting and indeed it took over his practice. My collage work is similar in that it is an extension of painting, but it uses images cut from my own paintings or painted expressly for the collage. Basically the collages are designs which employ abstract space (often aerial) andl formal elements eg; line, colour(hue, intensity, tone, temperature), texture, mass, negative space etc. In common with realistic paintings, I use painted images of fruit, birds, portraits, chairs, glass and flowers, fabric, etc, but they exist in an abstract space whose logic is guided not by traditional perspective but by the design, which in turn is guided by the nature of the experience I am communicating. So a cramped and discontinuous space is suitable for the evocation of unhappiness or boredom whilst an open and continuous space communicates freedom and an even mood. A collage that is vertically much longer than it's horizontal axis suggests a south to north journey whilst a horizontally long design suggests life moving forward. I employ materials such as metal, fabric, glass, maps, photographs, sea shells and also turpentine and shellac washes, acrylic, oil and really anything which moves the design along. I believe these ideas are communicated in the work and are not only metaphysical notions. Straight painting for me is a chance to test my hand and eye skills. Though not as visceral as the collage work it is absorbing, challenging and very demanding. The ability to create a real and convincing object, scene, portrait etc is a real test of observation and a great pleasure when it pays off. My notion of 'style' is that it is not something you just decide on or invent, particularly in realism. I think style evolves from a genuine attempt to communicate the evidence of visual phenomena, and falseness is understandable but it doesn't quite cut it. This is why people get so much out of Vincent Van Gogh and not so much from someone who cuts corners and fails to convey the truth of their own eyes.
BA graduate from Monash University in Clayton Victoria in Visual Art history and English Literature
I have participated in many group shows, competitions, rotary events and private showings. My work is represented in private collections in Ballarat, Adelaide, Melbourne Canberra, Sydney and Darwin
Where I live in Riverton is a house whose street frontage I use as a gallery and studio, which gives me contact with the public and the opportunity to discuss art with people who may feel ignorant about it, and attempt to get them using the language of formal elements of colour,tone,intensity,negative shapes, texture, mass etc. In 2006 I participated in a community art project in Robertstown and Farrel Flat, where we plasma cut steel in the shape of photographic records of settler life then painted the images onto the steel. I have sold around 250 paintings and collages in the last few years I am one of a group of artists represented by Burra Gallery. I have received several prizes for painting including the Peterborough Art Prize, the Port Adelaide Art Prize and in 2014 the Burra Gallery Flower and Garden Art Prize. I have also received several encouragement awards. I have been invited to do an exhibition of large scale collage works at Burra Gallery for SALA in August of 2015. I have also been featured in two Saatchi' online collections. In 2016 I exhibited at Marion in the 20/20/ exhibition and have three works currently on show for SALA at Burra Gallery. In 2016 I won the 'Most Creative Entry' at the Balaklava/Balco art show.
2014 SALA Festival, I exhibited 30 paintings and collages to a large number of people both invited and those who turned up on the day .In 2006 I exhibited, in partnership with artist Kim Houston a series of paintings we did in winter 2005 as we travelled the coasts of Victoria and South Australia. The show of 40 paintings sold out. In 2009 I travelled with friends to Alice Springs and along the way drew and painted figurative elements which formed the basis of collage works 4 of which have sold while another is available
Prizes and Awards
Winner of The Burra Gallery "Art of the Flower" Prize, alternative section October 18 2014 for painting entitled "Django amongst the Birds"
Highly Commended in the Burra Regional Gallery"s Portrait Prize 2013 for paintings entitled "Selp Portrait #1"
Winner of the Peterborough Art Prize 2012 for painting entitled "Riverton Railway Station"
Second Prize Winner of the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Prize December 2011 for painting entitled "Gilbert River in Flood at Riverton".
Highly Commended award at the Balaklava Balco Art Prize Exhibition July 2001 for painting entitled "Still Life with Orange Sash"
Second Prize Winner of the "Red Hot and Green Drawing Award" at the Byron Bay Easter Classic 1999