For the past 25 years, appropriation and mimesis artist Timothy Buckwalter has been remixing found imagery to produce works that explore how images and ideals from the past are still present and active today.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Timothy Buckwalter (born 1966) now lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated with honors from Philadelphia’s Tyler School of Art in 1988.
As a teenager growing up near Philadelphia in the early '80s, he discovered hip hop and post-punk. Buckwalter spent his adolescence getting paid to dj parties and finish his friend's high school art assignments.
While in art school he was in an incredibly unpopular noise band, and co-organized with Robert Curcio (of Pulse Art Fair fame) their college's first performance art events. After a brief stint answering phone queries and responding to complaints about art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he sold his record collection and moved to California.
In 2006, after a conversation with Dan Golden about alternatives to the gallery system, Timothy spent the bulk of the year making more than 700 drawings, selling them online through a hugely-popular curated weekly exhibition.
His paintings are in numerous corporate collections as well as the holdings of the Oakland Museum of California. Over the last decade, Buckwalter has organized exhibitions online – including Eyebeam’s Add-Art project and SFMOMA's OpenSpace – as well as in the physical world. He is currently the gallery director of NIAD Art Center, a studio arts program that is redefining contemporary art by assisting artists with disabilities.
He is married to author and journalist Nell Bernstein.
2017 Still Ill Denison University Newark Ohio
2016 Tim Buckwalter With The Archive Project Organized by Lacey Haslam, Wave Pool Cincinnatti Ohio
2013 Wandering Phantoms Living And Thought Dead Organized by James Lansing, Keystone College La Plume Pennsylvania
2011 Everybody's Happy Nowadays Mina Dresden Gallery, San Francisco California
2008 Intervention Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles California
2006 Correspondences Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2001 Paintings and Objects Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2000 He'd Give Anything To Be Frozen In The Moment Forever With Her Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2000 Timothy Buckwalter With Hilary Harkness Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Oakland California
1998 Get Away From Me Four Walls, San Francisco California
1997 Don't Make It Necessary For Us To Force You Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco California
1996 Calm, Cool And Collected Four Walls, San Francisco California
2017 With Liberty And Justice For Some, Organized by Walter Maciel Berkeley Art Center
Fiction v. 2, Organized by Jeffrey Cortland Jones London, Hamburg, etc
2014 Good Mail Day, Organized by Lisa Solomon Artstream Dover New Hampshire
2006 Catch 22 Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland California
2004 Springtime Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus Ohio
2003 Shift Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland Oregon
2001 Whimsy Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland Oregon
2000 Where Are All The People De Chiara Stewart Gallery, New York New York
1995 Snickerdoodle Southern Exposure, San Francisco California
1994 Prehistoric Organized by Glen Helfand Victoria Room, San Francisco California
1994 Ironic Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco California
1990 The Other Vox Populi, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
1988 Pairs Momenta Art Gallery, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2014 Archive Project Block Gallery, Oakland California
2012 Crystal Days (with artists Mike Macfeat and Douglas Witmer) Sugar, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2011 Frederick Barthelme's Blip Magazine Special issue organized by Courtney Eldridge
2010 Flowers In The Dustbin Organized by Jeffrey Cortland Jones No Future Projects, Dayton Ohio
2010 Imitation Of Life Organized by Douglas Witmer Green Line Cafe, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2010 Well, I Wish For Once, You Would Just Stop Coping Factory Outliet Gallery Moukelemne Hill, California
2009 Mixed Metaphors and Obsessive Compulsive Behavior Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco California
2009 Hills Like White Elephants Organized by Michael Zahn Bar Olivino, Brooklyn New York
2008 We Are California Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland California
2007 Non Sequitur Organized by Sacha Eckes Ritual Roasters, San Francisco California
2017 Affinity Museum of Northern California Art, Chico California
2012 Under The Big Black Sun Saccades Project, Los Angeles California
2011 All In The Family Green Line Cafe, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2011 Life Of The World To Come: Twist And Crawl NIAD Art Center, Richmond California
2011 Life Of The World To Come: Darkness Falls Upon Us NIAD Art Center, Richmond California
2011 Life Of The World To Come: Chase The Tear NIAD Art Center, Richmond California
2010 Giveaway Oblidi, Berkeley California
2010 Rare And Unreleased NIAD Art Center, Richmond California
2009 Come Tomorrow: 25 Years Of NIAD Eyebeam Art's Add-Art, New York New York
2009 Feeling Yourself Disintergrate SFMOMA's Open Space, San Francisco California
2009 My Certain Fate Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles California
2007 Killing Moon The Beholder, San Francisco California
2012 Bar Sinister Michael Macfeat exhibition TSA, Philadelphia Pennsylvania
2010 I'm So Lonely Emily Hope Price