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January Issue 2011

City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC, Offers Works by Tim Hussey

The City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Rebekah Jacob Gallery presents Drown then Swim, Paintings and Drawings 2000-2010, a solo exhibition by artist Tim Hussey at the City Gallery at Waterfront Park, on view through Jan. 23, 2011.

This exhibition presents the first comprehensive survey of Tim Hussey's work from 1992 to present day, focusing mainly on paintings and drawings produced from 2000 to 2010. Drown then Swim, an installation of more than 75 art works will examine the progression from his early post-commercial illustration years to the more primitive, spontaneous expression of his paintings on canvas, board and paper. Hussey's painting are worlds open to exploration. Forms, color, line and words emerge, recede, and coalesce in layers of imagery and the various materials he uses and manipulates with skill and energy. His creative process fosters the enigmatic juxtapositions and fragmentation of imagery and narratives, including figures, portraits, body parts and handwriting.

Hussey explores various media through interrelated realms of illustration, figure painting and pure abstraction. His paintings are infused with intense color and texture, allowing the chaotic nature of the media to work to his advantage. For Hussey, the act of painting is as important as the finished product, applying mediums like house paint, oil sticks, pen and colored pencil to collaged vintage papers with as much chance as deliberation. His untidy formats and size variations express strong emotions, psychological battles and at times the desire for spiritual comfort.

Hussey's laboriously precious line quality and tight compositions integrate technical skills from his long career in editorial illustration. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design (1992) with a focus on photography and illustration, Hussey settled in New York City where his first job at MTV involved painting images on set during live broadcasts. His mature, illustrative career evolved through designer roles at Rolling Stone, New York Times, Esquire, GQ and Outside Magazine, to name a few. In 2000, Hussey was awarded "Top 20 Images of the Year," by American Illustration and is featured annually in Print Magazine and Communication Arts.

Hussey's photographs and paintings have been exhibited nationally in key group and solo exhibitions such as his recent show at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects Gallery in Los Angeles, and Art Basel Miami. His art has appeared in publications like Architectural Digest and NYARTS Magazine, among others. Hussey currently resides in downtown Charleston, where he continues to push his personal limits through various mediums.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the gallery at 843/958-6484 or visit (www.CityGalleryatWaterfrontPark.com).


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