Moving between representation and abstraction, referencing design and embracing the decorative, Tim Braden’s work is a celebration of the act of making things. His paintings evolve from historical anecdotes surrounding twentieth-century artists and designers such as Sonia Delaunay and painter-turned-Modernist landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx.
Braden plays with scale and expectation, creating ‘found’ abstract compositions from cropped fragments of his figurative paintings that are realised as oversized watercolour paintings on canvas, or small oil sketches on card. Key to his work are painterly themes like interiors and landscapes, as well as depictions of the experience of looking at art in situ.
Braden was born in Perth, Scotland in 1975. . He received his MA from Ruskin School of Fine Art at Oxford University and attended Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He lives and works in London
Braden's work is included in many public collections, including the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; The British Museum, London; Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam; Pembroke College, Oxford; Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, UK; and the Zabludowicz Collection, London.
His work is included in many public collections, including the British Museum, London; Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Nederlandsche Bank (Dutch National Bank), Amsterdam; Pembroke College, Oxford; Walsall Museum and Art Gallery, UK; and the Zabludowicz Collection, London. He has also completed site-specific projects in Iceland and for the Goethe Institute in New York.