Timothy Callaghan, represented by the William Busta Gallery, is an artist who lives and works in Cleveland.Â Inspired by art critic Lucy Lippardâ€™s book,Â â€œThe Lure of the Local,â€ he has spent the last few years drawing upon the Â historical tradition Â of the genre painting, depicting images culled from daily existence within Â Clevelandâ€™s coarse urban landscape.
Educated at the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA) and Kent State University (MFA), Timothy is known for his landscapes. His new work, which will be on display at the Arts Collinwood Gallery, is a collection of portraits of personalities from the North Collinwood art and music scene, executed over the past year.Â This series of portraits began as a personalÂ challenge: to take on aÂ new subject exploring what role the portrait serves in our current time; in the age ofÂ Facebook.
In his paintings, these members of the local art and music scene (ofÂ which Callaghan is a regular participant) fall into roughly the same category as familiar local buildings and landmarks. Itâ€™s important to know that this familiarity arose for Callaghan when he began working at the Beachland Ballroom. It is an environmental familiarity, like moving to a new neighborhood and suddenly seeing the same shops and restaurants everyday as new curiosities.
Join Timothy Callaghan and guests at the Arts Collinwood Gallery to view the paintings at the opening reception on October 7th.Â The CafÃ© at Arts Collinwood will be open as well for dinner/drinks before and during the opening from 6pm-10pm. An after-party will be held at the Beachland Ballroom and will be attended by many of the subjects portrayed in Timothyâ€™s work.
A Gallery Talk with the artist will be hosted by local artist, professor, writer and Arts Collinwood Gallery Committee member, Dan Tranberg on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm at Arts Collinwood.
For more information about the artist, visit www.timothycallaghan.com.
For more information about Arts Collinwood, visit www.waterlooarts.org.
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