Arthur Timothy is an architect and painter whose works depict close family members and autobiographical events, specifically in Accra, Ghana where the artist was born, and Sierra Leone, where he lived until the age of 9. The paintings are inspired by small black and white family photographs and are imbued with vibrant colour, added from his memory and imagination, which update and bring life to the original imagery.
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Arthur Timothy in his Bath studio. © Sophie Davidson, 2021
Arthur Timothy is a fine artist based between Bath and London, England. His figurative paintings weave narratives that are often drawn from his immediate family’s life, history and recollections of his childhood in Ghana, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom. The artworks encourage considered and nuanced responses to moments frozen in time, by presenting complex images that are underpinned by memory, both personal and political. His artwork has been exhibited at the Royal Academy (London), Ronchini Gallery (London), Pippy Houldsworth Gallery (online) and Gallery 1957 in Accra and in London. His work has been acquired by important international collections including the permanent collection of ICA Miami and the Dean Collection in Los Angeles.
Arthur was born in Accra, Ghana and spent his early childhood in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He attended Queen’s College in Taunton, England before studying Architecture at The University of Sheffield and setting up his architectural practice, Timothy Associates, in 1986. After decades of practising as a RIBA chartered architect, Arthur embarked on his career as a painter in 2018.