Tim Hadfield

1953

Tim Hadfield is a British artist, teacher and curator now resident in Pittsburgh. He is presently a professor of Media Arts at Robert Morris University, where he was the founding head of department. He has over thirty years experience teaching at the university level, which includes the University of the Arts and Royal College of Art, London England, and Savannah College of Art & Design and Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.

His personal educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Middlesex University, London, a Masters in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London and a Dutch Government Scholarship to study painting and drawing at the Royal Academy in The Hague, Holland. His curatorial experience includes organizing the first open exhibition of Polaroid photography in the UK and, as the former Director of Exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design, he was responsible for presenting exhibitions by many renowned artists including Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Dale Chihuly and Bill Viola. He also organized international faculty and student exhibitions in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Tim has served on the boards of many nonprofit arts organizations and has founded two artists groups, DEEPSOUTH and Gandhi-group, for whom he has curated exhibitions in Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Hamburg, Germany; Sydney, Australia, Valparaiso, Vena Del Mar and Santiago, Chile.

In his professional practice as a painter, Hadfield has had twenty solo exhibitions in the US and Europe and is represented by galleries in Chicago and Hamburg, Germany. His painting and drawing can be found in public and private collections in the US, Europe and the Far East. In 2010 he founded the non-profit organization Sewickley Arts Initiative, with Ingrid LaFleur.

In therms of style Hadfield is a poet, a minimalist that uses tight descriptive realism as a jumping-off point for art that is self-reflexive and conceptual. His subject is less landscape than an idea of it conjured through representations of natural phenomena. 

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