"The preoccupations of my work are many and varied. While I paint landscapes and still life and make non-objective collages, the imagery of my paintings often involves the figure and some form of psychological portraiture. Some of the ideas and feelings I endeavor to express concern a sense of loss, the passage of time, things remembered or glimpsed - a history. The subject matter is second nature to me; family, history, memory, dreams, and loss are the stuff of living and breathing and, obviously, painting.
I hesitate when discussing the content of my work because one runs the risk of separating the medium of expression from the imagery. To speak of these things independent of each other is meaningless."
—Tim Harney, 2012
Photo by George Peet
A Reflection by Bruce Herman, Gallery Director
Excerpted from the exhibition catalogue:
"Sorting through the thousands of art objects, drawings, paintings, collages, and found objects in Tim Harney’s home and studio is a bit like being invited into an entire world––complete with magical barque floating on a sea of images, pattern, and color. One is initially overwhelmed and astonished at the sheer density of objects of every sort: music boxes, flags, antique toys or wind-ups, old toy horns, colored blocks, art books, and an equal number of works by the artist and others that are generously strewn throughout every corner, shelf, or floor and wall space in his home...
"In Tim Harney’s painted world, time and space collapse and become one thing: a story unfolding both in the painted image and in the actual spaces surrounding the artifact. In a word, his world is his art and his art is a world, with its own inner logic and law as well as a grace-filled plane upon which endless possibilities are perpetually offering themselves."
—Bruce Herman, Gallery Director