Iowa Exhibition to Feature Work by North Park University Artist-in-Residence

Tim Lowly Paints Tondo
North Park University Artist-in-Residence Tim Lowly began painting his tondos in the summer of 2010.

Tim Lowly's 'Without Moving, Tondos' opens Oct. 20

CHICAGO (October 14, 2011) – A 12-piece exhibition of a series of circular pieces of art – known as "tondos" -- by North Park University Artist-in-Residence Tim Lowly, will open Oct. 20 at Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. The works feature Lowly's daughter, Temma, and will be displayed at the college's Te Paske Gallery through Nov. 17.

Lowly's exhibition was previously displayed in September at Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, Ill. Lowly created the tondos at the University's Carlson Tower Gallery. Seven of the works that had been finished were also shown this summer at the 930 Art Center, Louisville, Kentucky.

Temma, whom he describes as "profoundly other," is a frequent focus of Lowly's work."The brain damage she experienced shortly after birth has rendered her as one for whom the concepts 'development' and 'ability' have little relevance," Lowly wrote in the exhibition brochure.  Temma is 26 years old.

The 12 paintings use the same circular format, each one meter in diameter. "All are images of her, largely her face, seen quite close," Lowly said. "She's two to four times life-size. I like that each piece produces a sense of intimacy, and at the same time puts her on a kind of monumental scale." The tondos are based on digital photographs Lowly took, followed by extensive computer processing before he began painting.

"This work is a hybrid of photography, digital work and painting," Lowly explained. "For me, that is one of the distinct features of this work. There's meaning that's embedded in the processes of how a work of art is made." Lowly started work on the tondos in the summer of 2010, he said.

Lowly explained that he likes to show his work at colleges and universities, or in nonprofit spaces. He will visit Northwestern College for a public reception Nov. 17, speak at the college's chapel service on Nov. 18 and spend some time with the college's art students, he said.

Since 1995, Lowly has served as gallery director, assistant professor and artist-in-residence at North Park University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally in more than 50 one-person and 100 group exhibitions, including galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco. Lowly earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Mich.


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