|Timothy Craig was born in New Hampshire in 1970. He has painted cityscapes wherever he has chosen to live—Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Boston, San Francisco, Benares [India], and his hometown, Manchester, NH. His love for printmaking, sculpture, and decoration has generated the textural, tapestry quality of his exciting new cityscapes. Timothy, his wife Amelia, and their daughter live in Santiago, Chile.
With these paintings I’m trying to capture the amazing beauty of the world around us, whether of nature or of the city. It is my desire to create decorative objects that represent reality, so that the three dimensional could be indicated by an eye-pleasing two dimensional design, with harmonious color arrangements, lyrical lines and an attitude of playfulness. Is it possible to make a landscape or a cityscape have all the decorative elements of a colorful tapestry, yet remain truthful in portraying depth and light? The thick paint is sometimes carved with a linocut tool or a Dremel tool to simplify the outlines and force the “flatness of the design.” A printmaking brayer is sometimes used to apply paint to enhance the surface texture.
“It is not a question of painting life but rather a question of giving life to painting.” – Pierre Bonnard
“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
“For a decoration for an apartment, a subject that’s objectively too precise could easily become unbearable. One would grow less quickly tired of a textile, of designs that don’t have too much…precision.” Jean-Edouard Vuillard
“Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” Charles Mingus