Tim McFarlane‘s studio, located in the gallery section of Philadelphia on North 3rd Street, is chock full of new paintings. Represented for many years by Bridgette Mayer, MacFarlane, nearly 50, is best known for colorful, looping abstract forms. In an unexpected departure, the new work expels vivid color and also incorporates floral stencil patterns. This past week, I took my PAFA MFA seminar students for a studio visit, and McFarlane generously shared stories and advice with this new generation of Philadelphia artists.
supporting, and negating each other in my work mirror observations of
everyday life; of how people interact with each other and their
surroundings, as well as how the passage of time imposes itself on the
memory of experience,” he writes in his artist’s statement. “I am interested in creating connections in my work
for the viewer that may lead to a more unique understanding and
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