Efei Shih, Tim Nathan Joel – VDV

Tim Nathan Joel
Artist statement

“Art and creating, to me, is much like breathing.
It is something I literally cannot live without.
I choose to see beauty in everything and everyone.
Art is my religion. I live in admiration of life and nature.
I don’t need to carry a gun or detonate a bomb to prove it.”

Life as the artist began in the year 2000 for British oil painter Tim Joel. Tropical island life scenes inspired by living in Thailand were the first to wet his palette. His thirst for art and travel has lead him all over the world, inspiration being found everywhere. This is clearly visible in the works of this prolific creator. The subject matter being extremely diverse, from delicate floral still life studies to bold, vibrant nude figurative mythological landscapes.
Tim has been living and working as an artist and art teacher in Taiwan since 2002. His book ‘Poet Painter’ was published and launched in 2005. He is also the co-founder of an art movement, various studios, galleries and a core member of The Red Room, Taipei.
Tim’s home and studio is on a mountain in the Dulan area of Taitung’s east coast where he lives with his wife Rachel and son Theo.
Tim continues to organize exhibitions, art workshops and presentations. His work is represented by galleries in the UK and are in collections all over the world.

Contact info:
0939 791 245.
FB : joeljoel

Visual Dialogues 藝術對畫 V

Exhilarating and painful ways of finding myself
I don’t understand skills; don’t consider beauty.
My hand follows my heart.
Often I just feel the pain of expressing,
of living in the unlimited possibilities.
I am still on the road of discovery.

Since I was a child, I’ve always had a picture in mind of me painting, but I had never believed I had the talent to be an artist. I tried to sketch for a while when I was young, and people told me I was good, and that’s it. I’d never believed I could really create something original.
Then, for some reason, I started to paint, in my own way, in 2010. At first it was just for fun, but then I somehow started to find something deeper when I tried to paint. I dig deeper and deeper and I found that what I’m doing is not just drawing or painting. It’s become a way for me to find answers and to express myself.
A few month later after I started painting, I sold my first art work, and that was when people started to call me an “artist”. However, I don’t believe that you have to sell to be an artist. Being an artist simply means to expand yourself and to enjoy the process even it’s actually “painful” most of the time.
I have never learned how to paint. I have no background and I have no skill. I paint in my own way. I tell stories with my own colors. And that’s what matters the most to me.

Links or Digital copy of finished works:

Contact Information:
Line: efeifly

Visual Dialogues 藝術對畫 V