Timothy Karpinski‘s illustrations are sweet. Yes for sure. His colours subdued, verging on the pastel, those baby colours you often see kids dressed up in. And yes you’d be forgiven for being put off. However, his technique is interesting and this alone puts his illustrations into a different realm as it gives the work depth and texture. Simply put he uses a cut out layering technique – something he learnt when making graffiti stencils – as well as a pretty unique process which involves sewing painted paper together. He cites love, the environment, cats, flowers, the sun, the moon, skateboarding, gardening and children’s books as his inspirations and says about himself:
From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.
And fair play to him he runs his own gallery in Portland and is able to give space to up and coming artists. I salute you Mr. Karpinski keep up the great work.
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