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Department of Art and Design

Padnos Artist

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Tim Fisher

Associate Professor, Drawing and Painting

Tim Fisher received his M.F.A. in Studio Drawing from University of Cincinnati, and his M.A. and B.A. in Studio Drawing and Painting from Central Washington University. He joined the Art & Design faculty of Grand Valley State University in 1998, where he coordinates the Drawing Program. His work has been widely exhibited across the United States and he is the recipient of numerous awards for his paintings, many of which can be found in both public and private collections.

Contact Information

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  • Phone: (616)331-3078
  • Office: 706 Alexander Calder Fine Arts Center
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Artist's Statement
Tornados of fruit, milky floating grounds, flora, fauna, and folks are samples of imagery that drift dreamily through this ostensibly traditional work. I strive for understated complex and seemingly conventional relationships. Drawing upon the visual traditions in painting, the work explores iconography, archetypes, and narratives. The goal is not to be didactic, but to prompt a reflective questioning, a quiet experience. The initial glance presents something familiar and warm to most. Seen more closely, things seem strange, out of place, sublime, mystical. There is an impression of important events occurring between individuals, a dialogue of both mystery (subconscious) and possibility (conscious). Drawing upon my own European culture and its tradition of symbols and desires, the fluid relationships between the subject, beauty, conflict, passion, suffering and other classic archetypes can be called into rumination and questioning.