2 June - 30 June 2006

Including works by:
Timothy Hyman

Austin/Desmond Fine Art is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by the acclaimed painter, curator and writer Timothy Hyman.

The dominating theme of the upcoming show is London, Timothy Hyman's home of many years – his personal heaven and hell; a cityscape coloured by his personal history as well as by the art and literature that London (and metropolises in general) have inspired. The work of Timothy Hyman is visionary, but spiced with a pinch of salt.

On show will be a number of panoramic views of London, many of which are inspired by the artist's recent collaboration with the London Arts Café. In 2004 they enabled Hyman to access high places in London, such as the London Eye, Guys Hospital tower and Tower 42. He wanted “to internalise the totality of the city – to be able to grasp it, in a way that a medieval cosmographer might grasp 'the world'.” His residency on different vantage points evolved into a surprising rediscovery of his familiar surroundings, similar to that of the astronaut contemplating the blue planet from outer space. In the painting The Square in the Circle, Hyman painted London like a planet, a microcosm on a circular board.

Timothy Hyman has also created a series of works painted on top of old Indian maps, in several of which the artist features as the creator of the city, as in I bear London, I bless London, I present London. These paintings draw on the visionary force, the bold and assertive aesthetics of medieval maps.

An illustrated catalogue including a conversation between the artist and the writer Lyndall Gordon is to be published to coincide with the exhibition.

Timothy Hyman (b. 1946) studied at the Slade School of Art (1963-67). His work is represented in many public collections, including those of the Arts Council, the British Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of London, the Contemporary Art Society, Deutsche Bank and Clifford Chance. He has had one-man shows in London and nationwide, as well as in Bombay. Recent group shows have included Self-made Men at DC Moore Gallery, New York (2000), Jerwood Drawing Prize at Jerwood Space and touring (2004), Taking on London at London Arts Café (2004/5), Flowers East (2005), London Now – City of Heaven, City of Hell at Guildhall Art Gallery (2006). Thames and Hudson published Timothy Hyman’s widely praised monograph on Bonnard in 1998, and his book Sienese Painting: The Art of a City-Republic in 2003. In 2001 he was lead curator on the Tate Gallery’s retrospective of Stanley Spencer.

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