Timothy Archer was born in 1982 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France.
Painter, draftsman and sculptor, he currently lives and works in Lille.
A graduate of the Faculty of Plastic Arts in Lille, he exhibited in 2011 in several European cities, including Paris, Marseille, Berlin and Prague. Timothy Archer deploys a fresh and luminous palette in the heart of energetic and powerful canvases, with a hairline and a new fluidity where the animal and the myth come together to constitute a fable filled with trophies, punctuated by games of curves and counter-furious curves in synchrony with the color.
More monumental and hypnotic than ever, the 2019-2020 vintage installs before our eyes baroque creatures, powerful and resilient women, hypothetical romantic encounters and the underlying energy of life.
Birds and gods
“There are moments of painting that suspend time and history, and chapters of our own narrative that, once opened, seem to draw the whole known universe into their center. A black dot becomes a spiral, then morphs into an elegant nautilus that may one day turn into an entire galaxy.
This exhibition finally makes the link between me and me, between the symbolism that has inhabited my mind since my early childhood and the watermark of my human experience.
I know that I know nothing, except perhaps that from the beginning, from the first breath, everything was already present.
Like a treasure hunt, we sow behind us small pieces of bread for the less fortunate, and for the others much more practical pebbles if one day we wish to understand our own wandering on this earth.
The painter, luckier still, sows images, stories, laughter interspersed with cries, moments of memories permanently inscribed somewhere, between the retina and the reptilian brain of the viewer.
Paradigms–Counter-Spells–Didascalies–Songs and Golems–Birds and Gods—Cosmogonies
Like a troubadour or a bard or a druid, I sowed ideas in the world, gently, delicately, without understanding until now that it was my spirit that I sowed, that these ideas and tales would change the movement of my hand and the gluttony of my eye forever.
In this exhibition, drawn in my mind like a moving allegory, I have chosen to invoke the myths that are dear to me, the legends that have helped me breathe, the primordial soup that nourishes me and the colored fire that reside. For to become one’s own dream, one must also become a demiurge and invoke brushstroke after brushstroke a new world filled with archetypal servants or allies.
Where harshness exists everywhere, the hypnotic movement of the brush can smooth out the corners.
Where the dictators are, the artist has only to evoke anarchy. Where the world is bored, the artist invokes magic.
It is therefore with the idea of a trip to the blue and black depths of the abyss that I chose to plant my flag, in a symbolic dive into the heart of a world by nature silent that I was able to better listen to myself, and by the salvation offered by a funny rebound that only those authorized to play with the meaning of things know, it is enough to say like Hermès sometimes that whatever is above is like what is below, and whatever is below is like what is above that the abyss becomes the infinite space contained in the confines around us everywhere present, that the ocean becomes a forest, that the whale becomes an elephant and the fish flying through the air is transformed without difficulty into the mythical bird of the Stymphalian lake.
In the cultures of the world of yesterday and today, I have looked for the trace of the image of a free traveler, witness to the birth and fall of empires, who, through his resilience, has become a beacon, a symbol of creative chaos that surrounds and inhabits us.
From the Celtic Lugus to Hermès/Mercure, from the image of the wandering Jew to that of the Hermit of the Tarot de Marseille, the madman, the sorcerer, the artist, the pythia, the healer or Aesop in person, are those who have always played with the zeitgeist (“the spirit of the times”) and tame the drafts of an archaic palace filled with hatred and sadness.
Because to carry on your belt the heavy and clanking set of a whole universe of ardent symbols, the spelling of a hard-won vocabulary of images and the biting bestiary that has always been at our side present, it is necessary to understand first and well obviously that we still need “to have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star”. Timothy Archer, January 2022
“Timothy Archer executes drawings in charcoal and black pastel from which spring masks, demons, portraits and fantastical animals, before bringing in color to give them body and texture. His universe can be related to that of the German expressionists”.
Maire C. Aubert, La Gazette de l’Hotel Drouot #3, 24/04/2014
‘Le chant des golems’, 11 juin-18 juillet 2020, Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris
‘Africa now’, 10 janvier-23 février 2019, Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris
‘Dialogue avec les anges’, exposition personnelle, 7 décembre 2018- 4 février 2019 Hospice d’Havré, Tourcoing, Commissaire Dominique Polad-Hardouin
‘Didascalies’, exposition personnelle, 23 février-18 mars, Galerie Claire Corcia, Paris.
‘Art Karlsruhe’ du 16 au 19 février Galerie Christophe Tailleur Allemagne
”Comme un’ exposition de collages du 11 février 1mars 2017 Galerie Area Paris
‘Lille Art Up’ avec ART BUNKER GALLERY du 2 au 5 Mars Lille
‘Father Figures Are Hard To Find’, Exposition collective, 19 mars-1mai, NGBK, Berlin.
‘Contre-Sorts’, exposition personnelle, 4-27 février, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris.
‘St.Art art fair Strasbourg’,Galerie Christophe Tailleur
‘Perpetuum Mobile’, Galerie Polad- Hardouin
‘YIA art fair’,Galerie Christophe Tailleur
“Stand up, Face the wall” Gallery P98a Berlin Exposition personnelle
‘Vive la peinture’, exposition collective, 1 – 27 septembre, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris
‘Art Paris Art Fair’, Galerie Polad-Hardouin
”Outsider Art Fair New York’, Galerie Polad-Hardouin
‘Kabinet du dessin”, La Kabinet, Bruxelles
Première exposition personnelle à la galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris
‘Outsider Art Fair Paris’, Galerie Polad-Hardouin
Timothy Archer, Galerie Septentrion, Marcq-en-Baroeul
‘Mi-Temps’, Galerie Polad-Hardouin, Paris
‘Les Nouveaux Collectionneurs au collège’, Galerie d’art du Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, Marseille
‘Dawn of The Hermetics’, Berlin
Expositions d’œuvres sur papier et autres, Galerie Quai Est, Ivry-sur-Seine
‘Fire in the hole’, Galerie Patricia Milano, Prague
”Cet art qui m’entreprend #2′, Nouveaux collectionneurs, UPE13, Marseille
‘L’amour héroïque”, International Bongo Bongo Brigade, Musée des beaux-arts Eugène Leroy Tourcoing
”SOS Kunststück, SOS-Kinderdörfer Weltweit charity auction’, Allemagne
‘The Eerie Show’, Phantom Projets, Paris
Nouveau Collectionneurs, Marseille
‘The hair in the cannibal prophetic soup of Dr. Emil Holub’, NTK, International Bongo-Bongo Brigade, Prague
‘A votre décharge’, Château de Servières, Marseille
All over, intervention, Tourcoing
Timothy Archer, Video of “Birds and gods I/ Cosmogonies”, at Claire Corcia Gallery in 2022.