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Tim McFarlane

Artist Statement

GFDP (Variant Shift) is centered on themes of memory and transmission of information and asks the viewer to interpret context and specific meanings for themselves. It is heavily influenced by observations of what I refer to as the “anonymous art making” in the streets; of graffiti that’s buffed out, replaced, covered with posters, stickers and various ephemera, that’s then affected by weather and other conditions in public spaces. These unintentional, often anonymous and continual actions of declared existence and then erasure, form a collective a kind of communication; bits of personal histories comingled and evolving into something altogether new, reminding us of the presence of others around us in unexpected ways.


Artist Bio

Tim McFarlane is a painter based in Philadelphia, PA. McFarlane’s paintings and works on paper examine the fluid and contradictory nature of memory and place, with an emphasis on color, multi-layered systems and process. A 1994 Temple University/Tyler School of Art graduate, McFarlane exhibited in various group exhibitions around the Philadelphia region before gaining representation with the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in 2002, where he has had several solo exhibitions. 


Tim McFarlane has exhibited his work extensively in the U.S. in group exhibitions and featured in art fairs in New York, Miami, Dallas and San Francisco. He has been a visiting artist at several universities, participated in artist panels at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Tyler School of Art. McFarlane has also taught Advanced Painting at the Tyler School of Art. Tim McFarlane’s paintings and works on paper reside in numerous private and public collections, including those of West Virginia University, Bucknell University, Temple University and the Hyatt Hotel in Philadelphia.

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