Timothy Gatenby from Wandsworth receives recognition in the art world as part of the ‘Emerging Artists’ exhibition on Old York Road
In August 2014 Timothy Gatenby will exhibit oil paintings at the Oil & Water Gallery (Old York Road) as part of the ‘Emerging Artists’ exhibition. He lives and works in Wandsworth, where he regularly ventures to the common for landscape painting and inspiration.
Timothy spent three years studying at the renowned Charles H. Cecil Atelier in Florence, where he learnt not only the traditional techniques of painting great portraiture but furthered his knowledge and passion for the classical narrative of figurative based art. In 2012, he exhibited a portrait of his grandmother, who had lived in Wandsworth for over 50 years. The painting, titled ‘Mary Waiting to go Roller-skating’ was exhibited as part of the annual National Portrait Gallery BP Portrait Award and was critically acclaimed by the Art establishment.
Timothy describes his paintings thus: ‘In my nude paintings, I attempt not simply to represent the body, but also, by analogy, to replicate the memory and idealism of it. The work therefore becomes a reflection of a certain desire for a perfect notion of beauty. This in turn becomes a reflection on the passing of time, and so is outside of it. As Kenneth Clark so eloquently wrote in his book, The Nude, ‘The desire to grasp and be united with another human body is so fundamental a part of our nature, that our judgment of what is known as ‘pure form’ is inevitably influenced by it.’
Timothy does not ignore the 21st; century he is fascinated by motorways and admits that: ‘The paradox of motorways has also been of inspiration to me of late. Like dark clouds collecting before a storm, a hard sterility has crushed the cavalier spirit which crowned their early days by way of death, speed cameras and congestion. Motorways are now a means to an end.’
Altogether nine young professional artists, all of whom have attended the Charles H Cecil Studios, will be exhibiting at the Oil & Water Gallery between 7–30 August this year. Having studied Masters of the Past, they may well be the Masters of the Future. Not to be missed!