Anne Bentzel reports that Tim Doud plays with the notion of artifice. “Branding is artifice,” he says. ‘Wear something with a brand on it and you’re imposing an idea upon everyone who sees you.” Artifice, explored in Doud’s paintings through his subjects’ use of wigs, makeup, and clothing, acts as a theme for much of his internationally exhibited work. He explains, “In a series of self-portraits I pose myself in Paul Smith, Volkswagen, Nike, Coca Cola, and other brands, switching between a different pairs and style of glasses. In each work the subject’s face and upper torso fill out the frame, in the artless-seeming presentation of the mug shot. Which, then, is the self-portrait….The portrait, then, as a window into the self; the viewer’s privileged view, then, depends upon the artistry and skill of the artist, who ‘renders’ in the materials of his trade the effervescence, the quickly passing glance into the self.”
Biographical info: Doud graduated from Columbia College with a B.S. in Painting and Drawing and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an M.F.A in Painting and Drawing. He attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. Priska C Juschka Fine Art in New York, NY and Galerie Brusberg, Berlin, Germany represent him. He has had solo shows at MC Magma in Milan, Italy, The Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, IL and Art Basel in Basel Switzerland. He has received grants from The National Endowment for the Arts (Arts Midwest), the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundations and The Pollock Krasner Art Foundation. His work has been featured in group shows at PS1 (MOMA) in New York City, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Artists Space in New York City and the Frye Art Gallery in Seattle, Washington and Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland.