Guest Blog: Timothy Stoneham ARTSPACE blog

13th May 2019 / Museum blog

Where did you grow up?
I was born in Malmesbury and grew up surrounded by the countryside and farming, which is where I gain most of my influences.

How did you get into art?
As a tea importer and owner of Teahouse Emporium, I decided to paint a series of animals that I could use for a range of bone china products that I could sell from our store in Bath, something that proved very successful.

Having discovered a knack for painting, something that had been locked away since my school days, I set about learning and studying various styles and media.

I found painting can be used as therapy, a useful antidote to the modern stressful environment.

How would you describe your work?
My paintings explore the masculine and feminine in the animal world, typically focussing on farm animals such as cattle and horses. Having found I am horribly allergic to oil paints I settled into using inks and acrylics on canvas, typically applied with a palette knife.

The inspiration for my current work comes from contemporary artists such as Christian Hook.

Where can we see your work?
As well as in Artspace@ChippenhamMuseum, examples of my work can be seen on Instagram (www.instagram.com/trs_tea_art/) and on my new website which I will be launching soon (www.timstonehamart.co.uk).

Timothy’s work features in Enchanted – The Magic of Nature running from Saturday 18 May to Friday 31 May at Chippenham Museum