Tim Bradford: New Wave Wang-Eyed Pop Folk Art – A Retrospective

I am generally known as a new wave wang-eyed pop folk artist. 

Although I’m now older than John Lennon was when he died, and Dino Zoff when he collected a World Cup winner’s medal, I like to think of myself as an emerging artist.

I’m just emerging in slow motion. 
In A Retrospective, the gallery has been divided into seven different rooms, each one representing a different strand of my artistic life – Irrational Portrait Gallery, Useful Gods, The Patchwork Landscape, Flower Paintings, Once Upon A Time In The West, Museum of Reconstituted Charity Shop Art and Finsbury Park Institute of Football Art.

For ease of visitor-flow, the walls of each these rooms are imaginary.


Irrational Portrait Gallery
A continuation of my wang-eyed portrait work that was heavily influenced by the exhibition of Egyptian Funerary Portraits at the British Museum in 1997.

Useful Gods
A continuing series of work that references the indigenous pre-Christian nature spirits of the British Isles and creates a pragmatic set of mundane deities for 21st Century life.


The Patchwork Landscape
Nature painting largely set in Ireland and London, highlighting the borders, boundaries, territories and patterns in the everyday landscape.


Botanic Transcendental Painting 2007-13 (love, life, walking and tangential reality)
Another ongoing series, this is zen psychogeography, a nature-rooted stance. Tim’s approach to flowers is the same as his approach to portraits – a spontaneous experiential exercise in wang eyed pop art, bright paint burning the objects into existence. 


The Finsbury Park Institute of Football Art
Paintings of footballers. These are religious paintings, unorthodox icons. I have been an illustrator for the football magazine When Saturday Comes for over 20 years and these portraits are a development of work I’ve done for the mag. 

Once Upon A Time In The West
In 2007 I had the first solo show at the newly opened Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon Co. Clare, with my exhibition Bachelor’s Walk, about a small town land in Doolin, and which detailed my obsession with themes of isolation, beauty, faith and hurling.

Museum of Reconstituted Charity Shop Art

Letting sad, rejected old art live is the motivation behind MORCSA. Whether it’s a crappy Monet print, a bland Gainsborough in a plastic frame or a shiny Picasso with vinyl sheen, it can all be painted over with exciting scenes from every day life such as tower blocks, old people and dodgy pubs. If you have a crappy old print in a gaudy frame that you’re thinking of chucking out, let me paint something new on top of it.
My other  interests/obsessions include:

* Holy well decorations
* Egyptian funerary portraits 
* Venezuelan rustic art 
* African barbershop signs
* religious icons 
* surf T-shirts
* football cards
* crap signs
* those blue photos you get in old shop windows 
* 1960s actresses


About New Wave Wang-Eyed Pop Folk Art

My New Wave Wang-Eyed Pop Folk Art movement exists in a parallel universe in which I went to art college and afterwards pursued a varied career as a key member of the Bearded Rural British Artists Who Don’t Like Living In The Countryside group.

In reality I chose not to go to art college but instead did English Studies at UEA. Since then it feels like I’ve been mostly cooking pasta and tomatoes for my kids, watching children’s TV and writing heavily illustrated non-fiction books about my obsessions


Duration 30 June 2013 - 06 July 2013
Times Sunday 3-5pm, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Cost Free
Venue Stoke Newington Library Gallery
Address Stoke Newington Church Street London N16 0JS, ,
Contact 07717568238 / tim@dottwo.com /

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