A RABBIT IN A HAT
"Here’s a start. Whew, how do you explain what you may not really know? Or never stopped long enough to fully examine? I started out carving wood as a teenager and eventually ended up making dioramas. I didn’t use the word narrative then since I didn’t really know what it meant (I know now). I made a few from 1977-85 and another recently. These were not practical or easy to store, that’s for sure, but scratched an itch for me. From there, I carved a series of occupational gods and wooden political cartoons: The Menace to Society series, for example. I used these as a mechanism and as an outlet to express my feelings and opinions; always was a ranter. Then, politics got too awful and I just made objects I liked the shape of, animals, vehicles mostly.
Along the way I got into masonry and mosaics while volunteering at the Walker Rock Garden and after seeing a documentary on Gaudi. These experiences brought me to constructing the mosaic works and welding, which eventually led to scrap metal figures and shovel masks.
Block printing proved to be the gateway drug to my painting. So, I set out on foot or bicycle in the city (Seattle) and paint from observation (plein-air) in watercolor using a clipboard. While in Eastern Washington I use a dirt bike on the Forest Service roads to access hidden views and vistas which act as a dynamic counterpoint to my painted cityscapes. In winter, I render the work onto plywood using the world’s endless supply of old oil paints in illegible tubes. Lot easier on the old arms."
This August, The Palace Gallery has on display the wonderfully playful, sometimes serious, survey of sculpture, painting, and prints by Seattle based artist Tim Fowler.
The exhibit, A Rabbit In A Hat spans decades of Fowler's artistic prowess and highlights his commitment to Art making in response to his relative environments.
Fowler seems to deftly shift from medium to medium with ease and takes every and any opportunity to immerse himself in his work. He is one of those artists who has the ability to adapt to a material and have their artistic voice pour from the work; often colorful, humorous, satirical, and pointed.
This exhibit features masterful woodcarvings, never before displayed, numerous paintings on panel, accreted mosaic sculptures of found ceramic tile and concrete, steel masks and sculpture of found metal objects, and woodblock prints. A bit of something for everyone, you might say.