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“The Second Visit”, 2015, oil on canvas, 50″ x 54″

MW Capacity has published dozens of interviews with artists at this point.  There are a few that have a special resonance to me–the words of artists that act as a push or a spark or a stimulant.  This interview is one of those.  So much of what’s exciting and frustrating and funny about painting comes through in this interview.  The same is true for Tim Tozer’s paintings.  It’s clear this is an artist who finds it easy to love paint.  An artist who enjoys all that gloopy, colorful eventfulness that can be transformed into a meaningful encounter.  In the artist’s words: “It seems impossible to carry all that in every mark, but there seems no point to painting at all unless there’s an honest attempt to try something nearly impossible.”

Tim Tozer’s exhibit The Visit is on view at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis until October 17, 2015.

Please give our readers a little bit of information about yourself (upbringing, education, location, news, etc.):

I grew up in Portsmouth, a city on the South coast of England. I did my undergraduate degree in Belfast, and my graduate degree at the New York Academy of Art. I’ve lived in the US ever since, although I’m still a British citizen. Currently, I live in Minneapolis and teach at the Univeristy of Wiscosin-Stout.

Many of us don’t grow up with painting and art as part of our daily life, our routes into the fine arts are circuitous.  Was that your experience?  How and when did you say, ‘I’m going to do this’?

I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that took the arts seriously, and in a town not too far from London. My mother (an art teacher and artist) took me there frequently to see shows, and it was her influence that led me to painting. In 1984, the Hayward Gallery held what I think was Lucian Freud’s first retrospective, and seeing that was a decisive moment. My culture in the UK also served me well; there were documentaries on artists frequently on British television, as well as challenging films and TV series. I feel as though many of my students in the Mid West are not as well served by their culture. (more…)


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