Joe Tymkow

In June 2010 Joe graduated from UWE in Bristol with a degree in Fine Art. Although his artwork is primarily based around painting, Joe is equally experienced in photography and sculpture. These three disciplines result in artworks which have physical, tactile and aesthetic presence.

Joe never feels intimidated by a blank canvas; he equates his work with that of exposed negatives - latent images awaiting development. The application and removal of paint, coupled with the interaction between differing mediums, produce a multitude of diverse qualities in his work. The varying processes that Joe adopts drive each work in a different direction. The resulting surface is as important as the work itself.

Joe’s response to the way paint behaves and the use of multiple layering contribute to the richness found on and under the surface. Painting on a large scale gives him freedom of movement and allows these layers to come to life. His natural inquisitiveness and fondness for experimentation, combined with a logical approach to his work, produce artwork which is varied in nature. Joe says, ‘I am happiest when I am actually painting, when both myself and the surface of the canvas are physically animated; I spend the rest of my time literally watching paint dry’.

As a result of the methods Joe uses his artworks tend to end in ‘abstracts by default’. Occasionally Joe produces figurative pieces and this year he had one of his paintings accepted for the Threadneedle prize, shown at the Mall Galleries in London.

Interview on The Artists Web:




2012         Atkinson Gallery - Millfield School, Street

2012         'Flights of Fancy' - BANA Bath

2012         'BeyondZero' - Stockwell Studios, London

2012         'Black' - Cultivate Vyner Street, London

2011          Fringe Arts Bath - The Officer's Club

2011          Threadneedle Prize - Mall Galleries

2011          'Regeneration & Pushing Paint' - The Octagon, Bath

2010          'Super Salon Sale' - Bristol Diving School, Spike Island

2010          'Untitled' - 8 Week Gallery, Anchor Rd, Bristol

2010          'Doorway to Dignity' - Tabernacle, London

2009          Amnesty International - Watershed, Bristol

2008-09    RWA Autumn Exhibition - Queens Road, Bristol

2008-09    BANA 'Open View' - Bath Artists’ Studios

2007          Bordeaux Quay - Bristol Harbourside

2006-09    Summer Exhibition - Victoria Art Gallery, Bath

2006          Crown Monochrome Group - RUH, Bath

2005-07    'Trinity Exhibition' - Walcot Chapel, Bath

2004          Invited Artist - Marziart Gallery, Hamburg, Germany


1990          Photography Yearbook

1990          Creative Monochrome Yearbook

Qualifications and Training:

2008-10    BA Fine Art - UWE, Bristol

2006-08    FdA (Fine Art) - UWE, Bristol School of Art

2005-06    ND (Fine Art) - City of Bath College

1996         Science Foundation - Open University

1990         Royal Photographic Society Distinction

1988         City & Guilds Photography

1986         Fine Art printing - Brunel College, Bristol


BANA Director - Bath Area Network for Artists

FaB -  Director - Fringe Arts Bath

RWA Artist Member - Royal West of England Academy of Art

Contact details

Email address: 
Black Chalk Workshops
19a Monmouth Place
Bath BA1 2AY
Phone: 07970 831289
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