Led by Tim Lowly
Tim Lowly is a Chicago-based painter whose lyrical realism and quiet spirituality have given his work a national reputation. While he has painted myriad subjects, from everyday life on American city streets to village life in South Korea, one series of Lowly’s paintings have etched themselves on the minds of his many admirers—his portraits of his daughter. Temma is multiply impaired—she has a seizure disorder and cortical blindness—and the paintings make us look at the things we train ourselves to avoid seeing: the problems of the body, and the problem of inexplicable suffering of innocents. But as we look more closely, the portraits call even our notions about suffering into question. Though tender, the images are also startlingly realistic. They don’t flinch from Temma’s condition, but rather than lamenting her, they do a sort of visual theodicy, giving us glimpses of meaning in something we tend to think of as being only senseless and painful.
Lowly’s vision, while meditative in style, reminds us that compassion is not the same as pity—rather, compassion is learning to “suffer with” another and to receive, in turn, something inexplicable and grace-filled from the one who suffers. Visit his website to learn more.
This workshop will consist of the painters who attend the workshop collaborating in the production of each other’s paintings. The goals of this workshop are: articulating one’s own aesthetic, conceptual, and technical approach to painting; guiding and teaching other participants as to how to enter one’s painting process; learning how others develop and make a painting (including exploring others’ painting techniques), and exploring collaboration as an art practice.
During the workshop each artist will introduce their working method and then guide others in participating in the making of their painting. Each participant should come with the idea and preliminary work necessary to make one of their paintings (preferably one that would normally take them 15-25 hours to make). They should also bring the supplies–including a support–that they would use to make this painting. Also, it might be a good idea to bring an example of a similar finished painting and to have a digital portfolio.
While this workshop is open to all painters, it is perhaps best suited to those who are interested in teaching painting or expanding their own understanding of painting as a practice.
For more information, please e-mail us, write to us at Image, 3307 Third Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119 or call us at: (206) 281-2988.