RiTUAL. A ceremonial act ~ Rites used in the course of worship ~ The performance of ceremonial acts ~ The prescribed form of conducting the ceremony ~ A method of procedure that is followed without variation ~ performance with gestures, words, and objects, often in a sequestered place.

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Tim McFarlane

Tim McFarlane


Artist Biography

Tim McFarlane is a painter based in Philadelphia, PA. McFarlane’s paintings and works on paper examine the fluid and contradictory nature of memory and place, with an emphasis on color, multi-layered systems and process. A 1994 Temple University/Tyler School of Art graduate, McFarlane exhibited in various group exhibitions around the Philadelphia region before gaining representation with the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in 2002, where he has had several solo exhibitions.

Tim McFarlane has exhibited his work extensively in the U.S. in group exhibitions and featured in art fairs in New York, Miami, Dallas and San Francisco. He has been a visiting artist at several universities, participated in artist panels at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Tyler School of Art. Tim McFarlane’s paintings and works on paper reside in numerous private and public collections, including those of West Virginia University, Bucknell University, Temple University and the Hyatt Hotel in Philadelphia. 

Understanding Is A Dream

Tim McFarlane-Understanding Is A Dream (ritual 2019)

Understanding Is A Dream explores, in book form, the glyphs that I've been using in my paintings, murals and installations over the past four years. This work is influenced by what I like to call the 'anonymous art-making" that happens in the public sphere. Walls get tagged with grafitti, bufed, re-tagged, postered over, weathered down and what remains is an evolution of specific personal histories intertwined. Here the glyphs are formed into overlapping grids of varying colors, intersperesed with meandering feilds of color, seemingly drifting and changing from page to page. 


Also by this artist in Ritual 2019

Garden of Possibilities: single sheet book
Garden of Possibilities    $75      
single sheet book: No Obligation, No Return
No Obligation, No Return    $150