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Artist Profile

Timothy Griffith

Born 1958 in St. Louis, MO USA and began painting in 1968. I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1980’s and graduated from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design 2020 (BFA, cum laude). I have had artwork exhibited on the East and West Coasts, New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, and many other locations throughout the USA.

Primarily a figurative oil painter, I incorporate many techniques and styles from Art’s long history into my creations, and the nexus of these elements is nothing like you have ever seen before. My work is often called bold, bright, severe, and smart. My subject matter and the skillful use color, along with unique or forced perspectives, elicits drama and emotion from the composition.

My artwork is an extremely well crafted product. I produce artwork from long lasting, high quality pigments and substrates, lightfast, non-toxic paints, heavy duty stretcher bars, fine cotton or linen canvas, and (forever) lasting acrylic primer. I use gallery wrapped canvases and continue the composition to the sides and slightly around to the back. I call my method ‘Painting to the wall.’ The finished work is thoroughly varnished. They can be hung without framing- and are visually complete from all viewpoints.
I received my degree during the emergence of the Covid Pandemic [2020] and have created and exhibited steadily since then. I relocated out of Milwaukee to north-central Illinois for its geographic proximity to art communities from Chicago, Crystal Lake, Woodstock, through Rockford to Freeport.

Since 2015, I have created 125 artworks (most 24″x30″ or larger), entered 119 exhibits, been successfully juried into 82 of those (totaling 294 invited pieces), and earned 11 awards. (all numbers as of this posting)


"My paintings reflect the continuum of art's long history"