Have You Looked Outside? I'm Scared For My Life

Tim Stone
Wichita, Kansas


I am creating a contemporary portrait of the American Ethos under increasingly precarious and unpredictable economic and ecological conditions. Isolated urban spaces are painted bemusedly real and fake in order to reflect the conflict of our current reality, where realness is confusingly debatable. There is tension between the ordinary and the superlative and between what is natural and artificial. My colors are tempestuous to represent this pernicious narrative. Using a combination of oozing and attenuated mark making I explore the liminal space occupied between built and natural environments.

Tim Stone graduated from Wichita State University in 2012 with a BFA in Painting. He was accepted to the New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture in 2014 where he participated in a summer drawing marathon program with Graham Nickson. That same year he began instructing both drawing and painting classes for adults at Mark Arts in Wichita, KS. In 2016 he was the instructor of record for Life Drawing Studio at Wichita State University and until 2018 he was an adjunct instructor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS teaching both Drawing I and 2D Design. He was chosen as one of fifty Wichita artists to be included in the book Wichita Artists In Their Studios by Sondra Langel and Larry Schwarm. His show “No Middle Ground” exhibited at City Arts in Wichita, KS in 2018 was reviewed by Curt Clonts for KMUW’s radio segment “An Artists Perspective”. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Wichita State University and teaching Foundation Drawing, 2D Design, Intro to Oil Painting, and Life Drawing Studio. He won first place in the 2021 Emerging Artists Showcase put on by the Wichita State Art & Design Advocates. His work can be seen locally at Emprise Bank, and online at timstone.me. He is represented by Reuben Saunders Gallery.