Tim Whiten is a highly prolific senior–career Canadian artist whose pursuits have long been rooted in the Transcendental. In over forty years of exhibiting, he has sought to navigate the territory of the human condition and it’s transformative potential with a body of work encompassing a myriad of forms both two- and three-dimensional, including site specific works, real-time systems, ritual performances, and mixed media installations.
He perceives expressions of being in the world as markers in a series of passages, while considering mortality itself as a threshold. His longtime use of human skulls, hair, and animal remains reference the physical, while other natural materials such as talc, stone, and wood connect the body to the world through ritual. Media such as adobe, chewing gum, gold, and glass, point to transformation - coaxing a consideration of the transcendent moment. These materials are often presented in “reductive and compressed” objects with the intent of inviting experience and encouraging “sensing” over “reading”.
Tim is well-respected by his peers, and has been instrumental in influencing generations of aspiring artists as Professor of Fine Art at York University since 1968. His work has been featured in numerous international venues of merit, including exhibitions in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, the United States of America, and the Republic of China; and can be found in the collections of The National Gallery of Canada, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, The M.H. De Young Museum of San Francisco, the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and many others.