Timothy J. Karpinski grew up near the Appalachian Trail in the woods of New Jersey. As a child he was obsessed with building forts and damming streams. As time passed, skateboarding and art entered the picture. To this day, Karpinski still spends much of his time building forts, damming streams, skateboarding and making art. Inspiration also comes from his love of music, outer space, typography, yoga, gardening, children’s books, graffiti, and his love of nature and science. All of these elements are reflected in his work. Karpinski is that rare combo of ‘dreamer’ and ‘doer’. Many encompass one of these traits, seldom both. He is a master of wit, a lover of folk and owner of one of the finest art reference libraries this side of the Mississippi. Karpinski is currently living the dream in Portland, OR where he runs Together Gallery, holds down both a fort and a sailboat… and somehow still finds time to make some art and dam some streams.
“From a young age I’ve always been making things. Building forts turned into building skate ramps which lead to building art installations. I love the art making process, from the initial spark of the ‘idea’, the creation to the finished product. Art for me is very personal and everything i make is a direct reflection on my feelings about this world and my struggle and fascination with trying to understand it and find my purpose within it.”
Karpinski’s work has shown with White Walls (San Francisco), Stumptown Gallery (Portland), Suite 100 Gallery (Seattle), Together Gallery (Portland), and Lab 101 (Los Angeles) to name but a few and has also been profiled in such high profile events as Brave Art 2007 (Whistler, BC) and at art fairs including GenArt Vanguard 2008 in Miami with Thinkspace and this December’s Aqua Art Miami with White Walls and Shooting Gallery.
In 2004, Karpinski received his BFA focusing in Graphic Design and Painting from Castleton State College in Castleton, VT.
Current and Previous Works by Timothy Karpinski
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