nTim Craven is a painter, curator and founder in 2013 of the movement of tree artists, The Arborealists which now has over 50 professional artists. He lives and works in Hampshire.
His paintings are informed by a diverse range of artists and ideas, from Post Impressionism, Surrealism and Neo-Romanticism to Op, Systems and Photorealism.
Tim says about painting trees, "I have always been drawn to the optical fuzz of organic pattern and the spatial thrill and complexity of trees as an abstract subject. The strong verticals and diagonals of their trunks, branches and foliage give an infinite variety of form through the seasons – as well as their context. I also claim their Romantic associations, rich art historical legacy and their profound connections with the human condition."
After training in fine art and conservation Tim joined Southampton City Art Gallery where he stayed for 37 years becoming Curator of the Gallery and Curator of Art. He is currently Chair of the Friends of Southampton's Museums, Archives and Galleries.
In 2015 he was invited to join The London Group of artists and curates exhibitions under the banner of the Southern Exhibitions Group.
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