El Sueno de la Razon by Tim Vermeulen
A Damp and Drizzly Day in November from the Moby Dick Series by Tim Vermeulen
The Whiteness from the Moby Dick Series by Tim Vermeulen
Welcome to my first artist interview in a series I hope to do every Monday for the next three months. This is the work of Tim Vermeulen. Tim and I were together in the art department at Calvin College in the early '80s and then also together at the University of Illinois for the Masters Painting Program. When I was looking for a best man to stand up at my wedding 25 years ago today, Tim was the obvious choice.
Tim tell us what are the sources that you keep returning to over the years for inspiration towards painting?
15th century northern renaissance is #1 but I’ve found inspiration in certain works and movements in every century since.
Tell us about the formative experiences in your childhood that continue to inform or charge your work today?
My father was a funeral director and some of my formitive years were spent living in a funeral home with a morgue in our basement. For some years I considered this the most important biographical feature of my formation. However, in a grad school critique I said my work was often about life and death and one of my professors said she thought my work was far more concerned with salvation and damnation. I came to realize tha tbeing raised in a somewhat dysfunctional and strictly Calvinist home was far more important to my development than the morgue in the basement.
Are there contemporary artists are you currently interested in?
Here is a short list:
Tim, what would you name as one obstacle in your artistic path?
Not knowing myself
Is there a painting of yours that you feel particularly proud of?
I would say this piece was one of the more meaningfulfor me: http://www.timothyvermeulen.com/portfolio/Misc/Supplication.html
It was done during one of the darkest periods of my life and represents a light at the end of “the valley of the shadow of death.”
If there was a painting you could steal from the art museum (whichever museum) which one would it be?
So many to choose from,but the first to come to mind is the gem of The Cloisters in NY: Merode Altarpiece by Robert Campin
Thank you Tim.
Please go to www.timothyvermeulen.com to explore more of Tim's work.