September 20, 2022

Timothy James Standring (b. 1950) has never stopped painting since he took classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 1960s.

Over the past decade, he has focused on small-scale works in watercolour, paying gimlet-eyed attention to the poetics that the medium can express. Aspiring to sustain a balance between close observation and exuberant flourishes with his handling, Standring is as sensitive to his materials and techniques as he is to the recurring themes he paints. He has found inspiration in a wide variety of artists from Anthony Van Dyck, John Linnell, Edgar Degas, John Singer Sargent, Joachim Sorolla, and Andrew Wyeth.

His recent works reflect his preference for painting with the belly instead of the point of the brush which results in images that appear as if they were produced as dry brush oils on unprepared paper-like sheets produced by the works of the 17th century Genoese painter Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609 – 1664), an artist that Standring has studied for some time. Such heavily pigmented watercolours turn his compositions into poetic statements that sustain a life of their own. Such efforts convey meditative observation of his settings which are a challenge to such a fickle medium that watercolour painting encompasses. Standring has recently, in fact, been painting in oils, inspired by Daniel Sprick, Quang Ho, and Jane Jones, all of whom conveyed how the two approaches complement each other.

Standring’s works are in private collections across North America and Europe. They have been thrice accepted for inclusion in the famous 10 x 10 x 10 juried exhibition held in Tieton, Washington, and recently in 2022 edition the Coors Western Art Exhibition.

One of his monographic exhibitions was reviewed by the national critic Ray Rainaldi. Standring also conducts a watercolour painting workshop at the Lunenburg School of the Arts, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia each September.

Exhibition: September 20th – 30th, 2022
Our gallery at 151 Montague Street will be open to visitors, Monday to Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm, by chance or appointment.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 20th at 7:00pm
Join us in our 151 Montague Street gallery for an opening reception.