“Excavation” by Tim Biskup @ Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery

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Words // SAL Arrested Motion

During the fall, Tim Biskup had a big solo at Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea Gallery in Milan. The show featured all kinds of different types of artworks – from limited edition porcelain figures, to big graphite drawings on the walls, to drawings and paintings of different sizes, using all kinds of different techniques and styles. The inspirations for this new body of work came when the LA-based artist saw the works of Willem de Kooning at NY MOMA in November of 2011. He was amazed with the way de Kooning transferred his humanity, emotion, and passion onto canvas, which was a reminder for Biskup to respect and obey his own pressure of creative artistic impulse. The result of this revelation was clearly noticeable at he gallery. The first images he started working on  were of a human skull, a common motif for the artist, which after a couple of pieces started getting more and more abstract, more chaotic, and involving more different techniques.

Simultaneously, he was working on a few women portraits, but again, using a lot of abstract shapes, bright colors and more chaotic line work. Finally, the abstract side took over, and he ended up playing with the shapes and the effects that different materials and techniques produced, using graphite, acrylics, vinyl, on canvas, panel and paper. Eventually all the different shapes, styles and techniques developed into a “new style” for Tim, which came in the form of the Fellow Stamper piece. According to the artist, the design of that one started the same way that most of his abstract paintings start, but the shapes were a little more perfect and sharp, plus, it was the first time that he used that many perfect angles in an abstract painting. According to him, the piece ended up being very inspiring, and the new paintings he did after the show are inspired by this piece.

Tim Biskup has once again proved his huge talent and his ability to work with any mediums and develop them in any direction. The diversity and the amount of work presented at Antonio Colombo and the fact that he’s still discovering and enjoying new ways to tame and play with his artistic impulse were a testament to that.

Discuss Tim Biskup here.

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