Tim Cross Press Release
Linda Hodges Gallery welcomes Seattle artist Tim Cross for his first full-scale exhibition with the gallery. Those familiar with his monumental transfer paintings of the past few years will see a smooth transition to this new work. Cross has produced a nature-based body of work including ink on paper pieces along with gouache on both silk and canvas.
The large canvases consist of an allover mark making reverie that is both decorative and realistic. A quick glance sees abstraction. A longer look reveals representational details that place the works as landscapes conjured up in the mind. Cross willfully rejects a clear division between representation and abstraction. Instead there is a rhythmic interplay between decorative marks and nature-based subjects.
Cross thrives on creative invention and developing visual languages. He received a 2007 Artist Trust GAP grant for materials and time to develop a new series of drawings and paintings on paper and canvas. Using an assortment of paints, colored liquids, liquid paper, and matches, Cross created work that combined drawn natural and organic forms with traced and transferred parts of machines and assorted architectural images. The work combined his interests in architecture and construction with his passion for nature and the processes of growth and decay.
Cross achieved an MFA in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 as well as a Post-Baccalaureate in painting and drawing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Currently he is on the faculty of the Art Department at Edmonds Community College after ten years as manager for the art collection of Sea Tac Airport. He received a Jental Residency in Banner Wyoming, an Artist Trust Gap Grant, as well as a Neddy Award.