Timothy Gatenby (b. 1987) is an artist from Stratford-upon-Avon whose work focuses on the subjects of human form, dreams and moments between physicality and psychological abstraction. Since training under Charles Cecil in Florence, Italy, Gatenby has regularly exhibited around the UK at the National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Art, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and Columbia Threadneedle Prize. Working in oil paint there is a certain reverence to classical painting acknowledged in Gatenby’s work. His traditional approach to image making is clearly influenced by old masters but evidently subverted.
Through his limited palette and the ghostly distortion of imagery a sense of foreboding lurks behind the softly executed painting surface in Gatenby’s world. An interest in the ethereal is manifested in his documentations of everyday rituals where blurry painterly handling is juxtaposed with more abstract mark-making exploring the oblique nature of the subjectification of reality. In Gatenby’s work an investigation into how memory perceives events is undertaken through observations based-in nature combined with unconscious recollections of the events.