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Tim Bavington

Let’s Play House


Acrylic on canvas

72″ x 72″  (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

Tim Bavington (born 1966) is most well-known for composing rhythmic paintings with vertical bands of color. His works represent powerful, synesthetic combinations of light and sound. Far from simple abstraction, Bavington’s paintings engulf the viewer in a trance of color that elicits a visceral reaction. Associating each of his colors with one of the twelve notes on a musical scale, Bavington creates visual ties to the emotive power of sound. The large scale of the paintings creates an experience of music via color that unfolds over time as one intense hue blends into the next. His bold, engaging, and complementing colors can be likened to the Post-War energy of rock and roll while paralleling the Op Art movement of the 1960s.

Tim Bavington was born in England in 1966. He moved to the United States in 1984 to pursue his career in art. Bavington earned a bachelor’s degree at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His early post-graduate work involved comics and contributions to The Simpsonstelevision show. In 1993 he moved to Las Vegas where he met David Hickey at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Bavington decided to continue his education at UNLV, earning a Master’s in Fine Arts in 1990.

In the early 2000s Bavington introduced the musical scales of the guitar into his artistic practice. His artwork has continued to evolve with its connection to music and his exhibitions throughout the United States have received high acclaim.

Bavington currently lives in Las Vegas. His work is part of collections at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The Denver Art Museum in Colorado, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, California. Additionally, he created a major commission called “Pipe Dream” for Symphony Park at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each pipe in this beautiful and colorful sculpture represents a note in the classical masterpiece, “Fanfare for the Common Man,” by Aaron Copland.

2018 – “Tim Bavington: Blow Up,” Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2017 – “Tim Bavington: Tone Poems,” Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

2017 – “Tim Bavington: Sunshine Maker,” David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2016 – “Tim Bavington: Feedback,” Scott Richards Contemporary Art, San Francisco, California

2015 – “Tim Bavington: New Paintings (Stroll On),” Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2014 – “Color,” Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California 

2013 – “Tim Bavington: New Paintings,” Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2012 – “Clarity and Distortion,” Jonathan Novak Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California

2012 – “Heart Above Head,” Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California

2011 – “New Paintings,” Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

2011 – “Softcore Hard Edge,” Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

2010 – “Decade,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2009 – “Up in Suze’s Room,” Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

2008 – “There We Were, Now Here We Are,” Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2008 – “Hello, Hello,” Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, South Korea

2007 – “So It Goes…….,” Eleven Fine Art, London, United Kingdom

2007 – “Recent Paintings,” Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

2007 – “Modern Masters from the Chris Burmeister Collection,” Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

2006 – Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, New York

2006 – Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris, France

2005 – Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas

2005 – Space Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2004 – “The Raw and the Uncooked,” Claremont Center for the Arts, Claremont, California

2004 – Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2003 – Pulliam Deffenbaugh, Portland, Oregon

2003 – Greg Kucera, Seattle, Washington

2002 – James Kelly Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2001 – Feigen Contemporary, New York, New York

2000 – Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, California

2000 – Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1999 – “Octopussy,” Curated by David Quadrini, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, Texas

1999 – “Unctuous Youth,” Action Space, Los Angeles, California

1999 – “Bi-Design” Contemporary Arts Collective, Las Vegas, Nevada

1998 – 1-15 Post, Los Angeles, California

1998 – Ultralounge, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas

1997 – “LA.-LV.-LA,” Otis School of Art, Los Angeles, California

1997 – The Cranbery Show, Cranberry World West, Henderson, Nevada