Tim Muddiman at Zebra One Gallery
Tim Muddiman

Tim Muddiman is an English artist, musician and creative. His work is an exploration of the human condition through contrasts; strength and fragility, depth and height, bold colour and monochrome – always seeking to cast an abstract lens on the familiar and concrete.

With disciplines in structure and controlled expressionism, his style has been described as ‘hard-edged, abstract and contemporary’.

‘Harnessing and preserving the innocent beauty of a subconscious vision is key to my work. While my paintings are often conceptual and relatable to the design of life, the process is my own continuation of individuation’.

Art feels very similar to music in a creative sense, I can still flex the creative thing – it’s so close to music.”

A Distinctive Style

In recent years, Muddiman has prioritised art, developing a distinct style of deep bold colours, hard edges and atmospheric shadows in work which depicts urban, often brutalist surroundings.

It’s a style he refers to as “hard edge contemporary abstract,”.

Art Before Music

With a lifelong interest in art, Muddiman has been painting for the last 17 years, however, it’s only in recent years that it has come to be the dominant artform in his life.

“I’d never felt before in my life that I wanted a break from music because music lives in you,” he explains.

“I’d done a world tour with Gary Numan and it was a massive physical challenge, it was a huge 18 month tour, something like 140 shows.

“I loved playing with Gary, but I didn't want to devote my life to another machine or something that wasn't what I wanted to do.

The Creative Within

“I always wanted to be a musician but there’s other parts of the creative industry I've always been obsessed with such as art.

“Art feels very similar to music in a creative sense, I don’t have to go away and I can still flex the creative thing - it's so close to music. also, it feels there are so many more benefits to painting and art that I didn't get with music.”

Despite only starting to paint in his 30s, Muddiman’s interest in art goes back to his childhood.

As a teenager he’d help carry the cans of a close friend, someone he describes as “one of the UK's best known graffiti writers,” on nights out and would also buy the now defunct magazine Hip Hop Connection which besides music, also covered culture associated with the genre.

“I loved street art,” he explains. “It's like everything in life isn't it, when you find something, you feel like it belongs to you if you feel like you found it on your own, and that's how graffiti art felt to me.

As I got into my 20s, I became less interested in it and went down the music route.

“While I love street art, I would never want to do it - even though my jaw still hits the floor when I see it.

 
 

“I love a lot of comic book art and abstract expressionists, Picasso, Dali and Pollock but I’ve never wanted to go down someone else's path.

“At the moment I adore block chunky colours that are juxtaposed against dark colours and have impact.

“Because of this, I've ended up being quite attracted and reading a lot about brutal architecture

Brutalist architecture is an architectural style which emerged during the 1950s in the United Kingdom, among the reconstruction projects of the post-war era. Brutalist buildings are characterised by minimalist constructions that showcase the bare building materials and structural elements over decorative design, im just adding a lot moire colours to the designs.

“I feel like I've found this thing I really love and it has a uniqueness to it.

 
 

“When I started to look around to see who else was doing this sort of thing, a lot of the early Soviet stuff was quite similar with the same brutal architecture.”