ABOUT | TIM FAWCETT
Tim Fawcett is a painter from Cambridge. He studied Fine Art at Sunderland and Cambridge with PGCE training at Brighton. He moved to the Isle of Wight, in order to commit to his practice full time.
I’m sure most of us have at some point played the family game of monopoly. A seemingly benign game on the face of it, but how many times have we all had to tolerate the intense one-upmanship that others see fit to unleash upon us, when they are winning?
It is perhaps this human trait, which I see as the tip of a malevolent iceberg, that I rail against, and fuels my impulse to paint. My art is rooted in empathy for the underdog and the repressed. It is an exploration of how and why I feel compelled to connect with this group, and indeed the audience, through the process of painting.
I am first drawn to found images of people with whom I feel an emotional affinity. By then responding instinctively through a rapid, gestural painting process, I aim to create a more honest, expressive and sometimes visceral new form. I am fascinated by the resulting unconscious application of paint, and it’s own abstract quality, which is equal in significance to the figures inhabiting that space.
A collector last year visited a show, she was immediately drawn to a large, frenetically gestural portrait I had recently finished. Silently, there she stood, gazing at the drippy painted surface. Her face first became red, followed by tears, floods of tears. This response is what makes my job totally worthwhile, and why I continue to paint – emotional connection!