"Printmaking... takes a perfectly simple process like drawing and makes it as complicated and error prone as possible." G. Bodmer
Tim Thomson is an artist, printmaker and designer from Newcastle upon Tyne, now living in Balsall Heath, on the outskirts of Moseley, Birmingham (UK).
In 1990, Tim started a career path in design, gaining several qualifications, then attained a Degree in Fine Art from the University of Wolverhampton in 1998. Moving to Birmingham in 2000, Tim worked as a graphic designer within several industries, and in his spare time ran an artist collective - organising art markets and curating exhibitions. Chronic illness stopped him from working and the collective had to take a back seat, but creating art was always his main focus.
"Having spent several years in the design industry, and several more out of work due to illness, I turned back towards my Fine Art Degree and became a self-employed artist - although it's a struggle, it's wonderful doing the thing that you love most!"
Primarily an experimental printmaker, specialising in monotypes, relief work and stencil art, Tim also branches out into paintings, drawings and digital work. Using photography and found images, the initial ideas are collaged together on a computer and then sketched - then taken in to print. Because the medium of printmaking - particularly monotyping - is so chaotic, each piece is totally unique and special and no two artworks are the same. Tim attempts to push the boundaries of printmaking, often using traditional techniques but with new materials, experimenting with found substrates and mediums, constantly striving to see where the limits of printmaking will take the work.
In 2016, Tim started to regularly take part in art markets and craft fairs, including Moseley Art Market, The MAC Contemporary Craft Fair and the Birmingham Etsy Makers Market. He then went on to take part in Digbeth Arts Market, which culminated in a pop-up shop within Zellig in Digbeth. In 2018, after the success of this shop, the director of Digbeth Arts Market acquired a gallery space in Zellig - the Digbeth Art Space, which also has a small unique shop attached - and Tim became the curation manager there.
His work is available to buy in the Digbeth Art Space shop on Gibb Street, Digbeth, and in the Kitchen Garden Cafe Boutique on York Road in Kings Heath. You can find Tim's work for sale online at Eazyl, and if you wish to enquire about any of the work then please email email@example.com.