John Timberlake

Born in 1967 - United Kingdom


John Timberlake was born in 1967 in Lancashire, England. Between 2006 and 2012 he worked on his thesis (Goldsmiths College, University of London Fine Art PhD).

John Timberlake's practice is a pictorialist one, involving mainly photography, painting and drawing, underpinned by the legacies and practices of conceptualism. In this way, he aims to work in and around issues of picturing, photography and realism as a set of problematics. Commentators have remarked upon his works’ Romanticism but also its schizophrenic qualities; John Timberlake's work often carries within it a sense of instability or fragmentation.

His work has been characterised in part by a sustained critical engagement with landscape, its histories and narratives, depictions of apocalypse, Utopia and the sublime, and also, formally, by a combination of media, sometimes referencing ‘non-fine art’ applications – for example, where he has used painting, he has done so as a backdrop, as an illustration, or as an ‘artist’s impression’ – painting something imagined or projected onto a photographic background, with its resultant figure/ground disjunctures evoking a realism constructed of substitutes and unrealised projections.

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2009 Works of the Imagination, Galerie Tatjana Pieters, Ghent
2009 Behind the Wall Lies the Ocean, Artis Den Bosch, ‘s-Hertogenbosch
2007 Colony, New Art Gallery, Walsall
2004 John Timberlake, Agency Gallery, London
2004 John Timberlake, One Twenty Gallery, Ghent
2003 Island Life, Sabine Wachters Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
2002 Another Country, Focal Point Gallery and subsequent national tour, Southend, UK 2002 Another Country, Artists Space (Project Space), New York, NY
2000 A Most Fictile World, Galerie Sabine Wachters, Brussels


2012 Diamond Armour, ARTicle Gallery, School of Art & Design, Birmingham City University
2012 Ron Haselden / John Timberlake, Galerie des petits carreaux, Paris
2012 Dark Sky, Te Pataka Toi Adam Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
2011 Drawing 2011 Biennial, The Drawing Room, London
2011 Fraternise - the Salon, Beaconsfield, London
2010 Cafe Endlager, Geschaftshaus GmbH, Stuttgart

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