Timothy Alan Wiebe
May 25 - June 4, 2022
Closing Reception June 4, 1-3PM
The Annual Juried Exhibition (AJE) is one of the most highly anticipated undergraduate exhibitions in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University and for many years Forest City Gallery has supported the AJE through the contribution of the FCG Feature Award. The FCG Feature offers a presentation opportunity to one student each year, selected by a professional jury. From this year's AJE 20, FCG is pleased to present Timothy Alan Wiebe.
My work deals mainly with the urban landscape, specifically more overlooked areas such as loading zones, dumpsters, back parking lots, and spaces that most people would not give a second thought. I frequently take photos while going for walks or drives, which I then sort through to find the best subjects and compositions to turn into paintings. I find it satisfying to be able to make something memorable and noteworthy out of these spaces. I like to use my surroundings as subjects because I have a pre-established connection to those spaces that I can translate into painting. One of my goals with these paintings is to create a strong mood and nostalgic feeling. I want to evoke a feeling within the viewer that is difficult to put into words. Something I want to accomplish through these works is to make viewers more aware of how fascinating mundane spaces can really be; and that they remember the paintings the next time they see a back parking lot, loading zone, or set of dumpsters.
Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Timothy Alan Wiebe's passion for painting began in childhood, and today he is in the Honours Specialization in Art History and Studio Art at Western University. Wiebe's work is rooted in keen observation, drawing inspiration from long walks and drives through his hometown of Tillsonburg, Ontario and the surrounding area.