For over 25 years, Tim Stoner has been making work with a painterly and figurative approach to scenes of social community and landscape. This presentation comprises drawings and paintings made over the course of the past five years between the artist’s studios in Bethnal Green, London, and Ronda, Spain. The materiality of paper and its inherent lightness and mobility serve the practical needs of Stoner’s process, as well as allowing for a shift in his subject matter. Some of these works are conceived on the move, away from the studio, akin to diaristic recollections of the specific environments. Whether the vast natural architecture of the Andalucían mountains, or the cafe life at Whitechapel, they expose a complex relationship to the artist’s identity: painting as a local within his familiar urban comfort zone, or as a rural outsider seeking pictorial radiance within nature. In all of Stoner’s works, motifs are arranged and rearranged, figures are drawn and redrawn, as if in search of an ideal pattern of forms with which to represent the dynamic of a landscape, an interior, or a community remembered.
Tim Stoner (born in 1970 in London) studied at Norwich School of Art and Design (1989−1992), the Royal College of Art, London (1992−1994), the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (1997−1998), and attended the British School at Rome (2001). Tim Stoner was the winner of the 2001 ICA Futures prize. He lives and works in London and Ronda, Spain.