I have used bits of these industrial textures in the past. Some as far back as 25 years ago, but I have made it a focus now and I am getting some great responses from those who have seen the early results from this work.
Oakland, California (PRWEB) September 05, 2012
Oakland contemporary artist Tim Phelan will showcase a few of his recent works along with an installation on Friday September 7th at The Hive Studios and Gallery in Oakland. The installation, titled Industrial Textures, will be on the Project Wall near the entrance of The Hive studios and gallery located at 301 Jefferson St in Oakland California. Phelan, a Bay Area native who recently moved to the East Bay, describes his project as "an exploration into my long time interest in textures in general, and textures used and seen in the world of the building industry in particular. When I was just twelve years old my mother took me to see the huge Van Gogh exhibition at the De Young Museum. That event had a remarkable effect on me then and I still remember it very clearly. One of the things that struct me then was the thickness that van Gogh applied the paint and the textures he created. Of course I was also blown away by his colors."
Textures are certainly a key element in his recent works that use media not usually seen in contemporary art galleries. In these recent works Phelan uses mortar mix, cement, stucco mix, fiberglass insulation on plywood and hardboard panels that are drilled, hammered and pounded to create extreme textures. Phelan continues, "Once I have a texture I like I then add more traditional media such as acrylic paint, oil pastels, collage etc... I have used bits of these industrial textures in the past. Some as far back as 25 years ago, but I have made it a focus now and I am getting some great responses from those who have seen the early results from this work. I'm looking forward to having the public see a few of them together and I think they will also enjoy what I am doing with the wall installation. I know I am having fun with it!"
After seeing the van Gogh exhibit, Phelan decided he wanted to be an artist at that early age. He studied art on his own, going to museums, reading books and teaching himself how to draw and paint. His early works as a teenager were portraits, landscapes and seascapes but his own art education quickly was expanded to include modern art masters such as Picasso, Matisse, Klee, Pollock, Rothko etc... he continued his education in a more formal way by attending San Jose State as an Art Major. His professors included the late Fredrick Spratt, Randall Sadler and Stuart Baron.
The Hive studios will be open from 6pm to 9pm on Friday the 7th as part of the Oakland Art Murmur's First Friday Art Walk which is a very popular and growing event in Oakland's thriving art scene. It happens as the name implies, on the first Friday of every month. If you miss the Friday date, you can contact Tim Phelan directly to see his work in person by appointment throughout the month or any month at 209-710-7828. You can also see his work at his web site TimPhelan.info and on facebook at facebook.com/timpaulphelan.