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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 an architect and fine artist, currently based in London and Bath, 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 most recent solo exhibition ‘Grandma’s Hands’ was co-curated by writer, journalist, broadcaster, and curator, Ekow Eshun, and was exhibited at Gallery 1957, in Accra, Ghana between 28th August – 22 October, 2021.

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.

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