Tim Seaward is an artist who is gaining much acclaim in the international art scene. He lives in France and is currently championing his Graphic Linear style. Lets get to know Tim Seaward a bit better:
1. Background of yourself/Biography of yourself up until present day
I was born in Cambridge, England in 1951. At the age of seven I began the first visual experiments with pencils, crayons, and paints. I sold my first painting when I was 14 years old.
I had my first solo exhibition of surreal oil paintings in 1974 in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.
My work has been on show in Bath, London, Bristol, Birmingham, and Glasgow in the UK, and Melle, Néré, Taillebourg, Aubeterre-sur-dronne, and Civray in France. Many pieces are in private and public collections such as in the UK, America, France, Germany, Belgium, and Australia.
I now live and work from my studio in the little town of Néré in the Charente-Maritime in France.
2. Explain your style of art
My works are based on my meditations on 'the journey of the soul to the source'. It is a voyage that takes one to such evocative places as the Garden of Acceptance, the Cave of Creativity, the Cottage of Remembrance, the Plain of Discovery, and others. Each picture is an observation or reaction to the many experiences found in these places.
There are three distinct styles: Surreal, Linear work, and Abstract. These styles are employed to depict the different aspects of me: The surreal work stands for the complex dilemma's of the human. Only graphite and coloured pencils can achieve the clarity and detail that I want to portray, and the writhing forms - they are the perfect description of my human journey. The linear work – the journey to the source of the soul. For the last forty years I have learned a new language in the making of marks on paper. The result is, for me, a totally new style and a completely personal environment in which I can formulate and practice deep meditations using a style very similar to automatic writing - but I produce picturegrams and designs that are dynamic - in that they take me into places I have never experienced before - and this results in my abstract work ... contemplations on the source. Here the stillness and the gentle movement of pigment upon canvas hides (sometimes!) the underlying turmoil of the relationship between my body and my soul ... only here I look at the source of the soul (which cannot actually physically be seen) from my human point of view.