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Larch on easel, Buttermere Shore #1 2006

Tim Knowles (born 1969, Cheltenham, England, UK)

Larch on easel, Buttermere Shore #1
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum

Tim Knowles art is rooted in the most fundamental element of an artist's practice - drawing. Yet, he creates drawings that are independent of his own hand, using elaborate apparatus or time consuming practices. He has invented experimental and playful procedures to introduce chance and unpredictability into his work, which often exposes man's relationship to nature. This diptych is from a series in which the artist attached pens to the tips of branches of various trees, placing paper under them and allowing the chance movement of the wind to dictate the composition of the final drawing. Like signatures each drawing reveals the different qualities and characteristics of each tree. The artist has surrendered final control of the work to the scientific forces of nature. In doing so he questions the authority of the artist whilst allowing the fundamental and primordial characteristics associated with drawing to be communicated.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from the artist, 2008
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland 2007-2010 operated by the Scottish Arts Council.
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Larch on easel, Buttermere Shore #1