Mixing mid-century modern design with a healthy dose of punk rock energy, artist Tim Biskup has gone back to his roots for his latest series of works – creating a collection of bold, cartoon-like paintings. They feature in his latest exhibition, Space Madness, opening in Hong Kong this month…
Californian Biskup is well-known for creating limited edition prints and objects (once opening a record store and gallery to showcase his music, vinyl figures and books), but in recent year he has concentrated more on painting – and Space Madness represents a return to colourful brushwork.
According to Kong Art Space, the work of Roberto Matta has been an influence on Biskup’s output – stylistically there are similarities and, they suggest, there are further links via the use of “Jungian symbolism and surrealist philosophy of automatic composition. Like Matta, Biskup believes that these paintings are biomorphic representations of the artists psyche. What Matta called ‘Inscapes’.”
The title of the exhibition is also a nod to Ren & Stimpy, the classic animated TV show that lured Biskup into the world of cartoon-making in the 1990s where he spent six years in the animation industry before pursuing his career as a fine artist.