Philadelphia-born artist Timmy Graham has created a painting style that he calls “The Fourth Dimension,” which uses both math and science to organize color and content. Inspired by the work of Flemish painters Hubert and Jan Van Eyck, 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt and artists of the Italian Renaissance, Graham’s system blends mathematically derived color combinations with cultural totems.
Using this system, he has created a series of 13 outsized paintings which will be on display.
Graham’s canvases are divided into interlocking geometric shapes, spirals and triangles of alternating, vibrating colors. This structure is overlaid with slightly modulated line drawings of sexual-spiritual images of women dancing with snakes, dagger wielding archetypes and erotic gods and goddesses who seem to rise and fall to the surface as the observer is caught between the figures and the color field.
A Fulbright scholar and Pollock-Krasner recipient, Graham has received several awards and fellowships for his work. In 2009, he was awarded full fellowships at The National Art Studio and the CAMAC Centre D’Art in France, along with the Foundation Tenot individual artist grant in Paris. He was named artist in residence at South Africa’s University of Witwatersrand in 2010. Beyond the United States, his work has been exhibited in South Africa, South Korea, Germany, France and England, and has been featured in several arts publications around the world, including Art Buzz and New American Painting.
Graham began his formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where he received a certificate of fine arts. From there, he attended the University of the Arts and graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree. More recently, Graham completed graduate level studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.
Timmy has won many prestigious artist grants and prizes throughout his young career. He has won the “Pollock-Krasner Grant” (New York) and a “Fulbright Scholarship” from the Center for the International Exchange of Scholars in the United States. He has participated in world renown artist residencies around the globe, from “Yaddo” in the United States to The National Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea. Timmy has exhibited in art museums throughout the United States of America, parts of Europe and South Korea. Amongst others he has exhibited his paintings at The Royal Academy of Arts in London and The National Art Studios in Seoul. Also Timmy Graham has been featured in many magazines and books, such as the “New York Journal” and “New American Paintings”
In his own words:
I spent ten years sacrificing, studying and working like a madman in the pursuit of creating a new style of art. I call my creation “Fourth Dimensionalism.” Fourth Dimensionalism is based on spatial elements. Fourth Dimensionalism uses measured distances to create a visual image. This approach defies the artist order.
To understand this phenomenon, you must have a deep understanding in the science of color. Each and every color, when encounter by light is a measured distance on the color spectrum. In Fourth Dimensionalism, each and every color is looked upon as measured distance, whether that distance is negative or positive. Because of this, every brushstroke (I prefer to call each brushstroke an individual plane) is considered a measured distance. This is the foundation in which Fourth Dimensionalism is based on.