Tim Braden’s third solo exhibition with Frestonian Gallery provides a fascinating insight into the many layered concerns and inspirations of his practice as a painter. The paintings take as their subject matter the abstract nature of both garden and textile design.
Braden’s works unfold as a balance between accepting and resisting the conventions and rules of these different design practices through a new medium, painting, imbuing new meanings and new forms. In this process, Braden allows the physical properties of his medium to guide and inform as to what will and will not remain of the creative decisions already made by the other makers. This process of translating and reimagining into something new necessarily brings to the fore a wealth of other considerations – namely Braden’s own artistic formation and inspirations as an artist, as well as his own unique and intuitive hand (or rather eye) in the matter of creating of his own works. Each of these endeavours is united in a desire to find harmony and balance across multiple variations of colour, composition and texture.