The Artist in You
May 16, 2008
through June 14, 2008
NEW YORK, NY (April 28, 2008) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present The Artist In You, a solo exhibition featuring new works by Tim Biskup. The artist returns for his second solo show at the gallery, having created a series of new paintings on canvas and wood panel. In conjunction with The Artist In You, Biskup will also release a limited edition book by the same title, in which he verbally explores the ideas presented visually in his new collection of work.
The Artist In You expands on Biskup’s well known graphic style and decorative aesthetic, yet also reflects a new direction—his recent analytical exploration of themes surrounding the complexities, contradictions, and separations within the fine art world. Developed through experimental exercises and multiple studies on a subject, the female portrait in his Asylum series and the skulls in his Doom Loop series are taken through cubist, minimalist, florally decorative, and other such variations to achieve subtle manipulations of feeling through transformation and the dissection of form.
Statements made in Tim’s paintings are further elaborated upon in his writing for the accompanying book, a collection of intimate essays and poems, which expose the extremes of his creative process. His personal feelings and thoughts are expressed openly in a style that embraces intellectual art theory while revealing his love and frustration towards the industry itself. Embarking on this project of critical analysis took the artist through stages of emotion and discovery. His original intention, to seek a deeper understanding of the enigmatic paradox that is the art community—ultimately concludes with a revelation of sorts, where the artist accepts his own role within that realm.
Biskup’s work has transcended, becoming more conceptual in recent years—this is evident within the words and images of The Artist In You, which express the artist’s deepened commitment to question and confront his own perceptions and fears, an endeavor towards creative growth.
A PDF version of the book is available at: http://www.timbiskup.com/TheArtistInYou/Artist-In-You.pdf
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tim Biskup is a fine artist based in southern California. His work has been shown worldwide including galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Kyoto, São Paulo, Barcelona, Berlin, and Melbourne. He’s collaborated with artists and designers around the globe and has organized art auctions and exhibitions. Biskup has long been known for a cheery graphic style, which reflects the influence of his many years in the animation industry as well as his fondness of mid-century modern design and illustration. Recent exhibitions have displayed a dramatic stylistic and conceptual detour into darker, more personal territory. While still technically adept and complex, the newer works show the maturity and depth of a seasoned fine artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Tim Biskup's dense, character driven style is inspired by mid-century modern design infused with a healthy dose of punk rock energy. Since the mid-eighties, he has produced a constant stream of limited edition prints, clothing, toys, books and other publications. He¹s collaborated with artists Mark Ryden and Gary Baseman and organized art auctions and exhibitions. His highly sought after original paintings and sculptures have been shown worldwide, including galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, Kyoto and Melbourne.
Launched in 2000, Gama-Go is a line of clothing and gift items featuring designs by Tim and other designers. In September of 2004, Biskup opened his own store/gallery in the center of Old Town Pasadena, Bispop Gallery exhibits and sells original paintings, hand painted objects, clothing, toys, books, cards and store exclusive items.