||Looking at his art, it is certain that he will ‘shake things up a bit.’ His large canvases are filled with angular lines and bright colors. He has used tables, chairs and doorways as his visually identifiable subject matter for the past eight years. The real subjects of the paintings, however, are not the tables, windows and doorways, but the painting itself and the process of creating it.
Sarah Taft - Catskill Mountain Guide
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Touhey's work is both ambitious from an artist's perspective and challenging from the viewers. His images are rooted in awareness of architectural space and classical still life, as well as a passion for expressionist painting. The pictures are inherently abstact, both flat and dimensional at the same time. They present a collision between line and color, fragmented yet whole. His choices of color "character" and juxtaposition are electric, which charges the pictures with energy. Touhey also effectively manipulates volume and scale of objects to further enhance illusion and provoke the imagination of the viewer.
In the words of the artist, "My work should speak for itself. If you develop an experience as you encounter the artwork, then it is owned by you. However, I do ask the question what is energy within space and objects, as related within the moment of time and change?"
August 5, 2005
Visual Quest Brings Catskills Artist to the Hudson Valley
September 12 – October 30th, 2005 @ Class of 1929 Gallery, West
Opening reception: September 25th at 3:30PM
West Point, NY – Starting in September, the Eisenhower Hall
Theatre and the Class of 1929 Gallery will present an exhibition
spotlighting upstate New York abstract artist Timothy Touhey.
The show featuring bold canvases and sculptures by Touhey will
run from September 12 through October 30th and can be viewed at
the Class of 1929 Gallery which also affords magnificent Hudson
River views seldom seen by visitors to West Point. The opening
reception, on September 25th at 3:30 PM, coincides with the
Sunday with Friends musical performance at Eisenhower Hall. The
exhibit and reception are free.
According to Touhey, “From an early age, I knew art would be my
life and consuming passion. At age 13, I earned my first
paycheck doing illustrations. Despite a number of detours, I’ve
continuously grown and intensified the focus on my personal path
as an artist. As my understanding of art evolved through my
studio work, an understanding of artists throughout history, and
my studies at the School of Visual Arts, I realized the concept
of art has many levels and directions. I began to find my path
as a serious artist. I found that art equals energy in its
creation or birth and that a work of art, when experienced for
the first time, may evoke an internal and even cellular
response, as well as an intellectual one.
In 1996, re-dedicating my life to my art, I began an eight -year
study, a self- imposed challenge to expand my ‘visual equation’
by working with the basic linear elements of tables, chairs and
doorways. I could focus on the fundamentals of art: color,
structure, composition, surface relationships, as well as
movement and foreground. As a result, I attained new levels of
understanding and ability. Before this ‘study’, I felt that I
really didn’t have any unique subject that I could sink my teeth
into, so to speak. Now, several years after emerging from that
structure, my art has taken the direction of color and form with
The relationship and energy of color and form are the catalysts
for my visual quest. I don’t seek a conclusion, but an attempt
to have a relationship with an ongoing moment of possibility.”
Press on Timothy Touhey
“Looking at his art, it is certain that he will ‘shake things
up a bit.’ His large canvases are filled with angular lines and
bright colors. He has used tables, chairs and doorways as his
visually identifiable subject matter for the past eight years.
The real subjects of the paintings, however, are not the tables,
windows and doorways, but the painting itself and the process of
Sarah Taft - Catskill Mountain Guide, 2002
“Touhey is the quintessential expressionist, with boundless
energy and determination.”
Bill Yost – West Point Cultural Arts Director, 2005
Works in the show include 28 new oil pastels hand framed by
Touhey as well as his marble sculptures and bronze editions, and
large-scale oil paintings. Touhey owns and directs The Gallery
in Stamford, NY which he founded in 2002.