Opening to Benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital: Tim Floyd’s “Italy, Spain and a Hat Shop in Charleston,” August 1, 6-8 p.m. at City Art Gallery
COLUMBIA, SC – July 11, 2013 -The first gallery show in Columbia, S.C., to feature only encaustic paintings, Tim Floyd’s “Italy, Spain and a Hat Shop in Charleston” will open on Thursday, August 1, 6 to 8 p.m. at City Art Gallery. A benefit for the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, the opening will feature images from Floyd’s travels in Italy, Spain, Charleston and other locales. The exhibition runs August 1 to 31, 2013.
Floyd chose to benefit Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital because of his family’s personal connection. “My daughter’s life was saved through the care she received there,” notes Floyd. “She has Muscular Dystrophy and would have died had it not been for having a hospital in our community that is dedicated to children.”
Floyd and his daughter, Felicia, won the “Best in 3D” award in June 2013 at the prestigious Greenwood Festival of Flowers Juried Art Show for a portrait on which they collaborated.
The majority of Floyd’s paintings feature drawings and watercolors done in Italy, where Floyd and his wife Carol spent five weeks in 2012 touring and staying on sustainable farms (agriturismos). Other pieces featured are from Barcelona, Charleston, Columbia, Houston, and the Bahamas.
The love of travel, sketching and encaustic painting coalesced into a body of work that was years in creating. Doing relatively quick sketches when sitting at a train station or in a restaurant, Floyd recorded his travels while keeping his art-making portable. A pen, a book and a watercolor set the size of his hand were always with him. He always kept an eye out for unusual found objects that he stuck in his pocket and later worked into his paintings.
Encaustic pieces are made with beeswax, resin, and pigment. The wax is heated and painted onto a panel, then images are transferred via burnishing. “The process is relatively new,’ Floyd joked, ‘it’s only been around 2,300 years.” The Egyptians created the Fayum mummy portraits with this technique around 300 A.D. In the 20th century, notable South Carolina artist Jasper Johns worked in encaustics.
Floyd, a native South Carolinian, studied art at the University of South Carolina. Later in his career, he trained in encaustic painting in Asheville, N.C. He is the Graphic Design and Brand Manager for the fifth largest employer in South Carolina, Palmetto Health.
A percentage of sales during the August 1 opening reception will go to Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. “My hope is that you will buy a painting to enjoy in your home or office,” Floyd adds. “No matter what, please consider supporting Children’s Hospital.”
Floyd will host a gallery talk at City Art on August 17, 2013, at noon. City Art is located at 1224 Lincoln Street, Columbia, S.C. 29201, in the Congaree Vista district. To inquire about purchasing artwork from Tim Floyd, contact City Art at (803) 252-3613. For press inquiries, use the contact information below.
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