SURREALISM NOW! is proud to present the art of TIM SLOWINSKI, an outstanding and brilliant artist of the 21st Century! Tim is also the artist for the band, OYSTERHEAD, that features Les Claypool from Primus, Trey Anastasio from Phish and Stewart Copeland from The Police. Tim is also the Cover Artist for their album, "THE GRAND PECKING ORDER". You can see Tim's artwork for OYSTERHEAD at the band's website,
Slowinski biographical notes:The artist Tim Slowinski was born October 5, 1957 at a hospital in Orange, New Jersey. The artist was born feet first and on birth appeared suffocated. Doctor's slaps would not revive him and his mother began to pray to the Virgin Mary. Shortly thereafter he began to breathe. A few days after birth, the artist was taken to his boyhood home in Caldwell, New Jersey. Slowinski was the eighth to be born in a family of thirteen children. Although surrounded by siblings, the young artist was quiet and introverted. He preferred to play alone and created a world to himself from which outsiders were excluded. This self-absorption was conducive to the development of his highly personalized style of painting. Drawn to the visual arts since early childhood, the artist was penalized in early scholastic years for his habit of chronic drawing. His full time dedication to the craft of painting began in 1976 with a series of dark, frenzied, expressionist works. In 1980 the artist moved to the town of Woodstock in New York's Catskill Mountains. Woodstock, known for its connection to the 1960’s rock concert, was an artist’s colony earlier in the 20th century. The wealthy British idealist Ralph Whitehead first established it in 1900. Whitehead purchased a large track of land and built the utopian Byrdcliffe art colony. As a result the town became a magnet for artists. While at Woodstock Slowinski had several solo and group exhibitions at local galleries as well as a solo exhibition at the SetonHallUniversity gallery in South Orange, NJ. Slowinski's first solo exhibition in New York City was a large club show at the Cat Club on E 13 St. in 1985. Following this show, he was invited to exhibit at the S.R. Rage Gallery in Manhattan’s EastVillage in 1986. With his work growing in popularity with collectors, he was invited to join the Limner Gallery in 1987. Still represented by Limner, Slowinski’s paintings are featured in yearly solo exhibitions at the gallery as well as in various National and International group exhibitions. Notes on the work: A blend of comic pop surrealism and Medieval moralizing, Slowinski's satirical paintings are a nightmare of precisionist extravagance. The surface of his canvases have a machine tooled quality, as if the images have been printed on the canvas, an effect painstakingly achieved by working with tiny brushes in multiple layers. The characters appearing and reappearing in his paintings reveal a developing personal mythology, a mythology depicting the madness just beneath the surface of our daily lives. Self reflective, Slowinski uses personal psychological exploration as a tool to explore contemporary social and political issues. Slowinski's sense of the comic and absurd presents these messages with a humor and objectivity that welcomes the viewer into his world. Of Slowinski, critic Shana Dambrot wrote, "His work is the autobiography of the entire nation."Slowinski's work has not been placed in a contemporary category. Completely self taught, he intentionally avoids all outside influence and works only from his imagination. He refuses to work from real objects because he believes, "every technique and style of painting has already been perfected, the only remaining frontier to be explored is the one inside the mind."