Biography

Tim Biskup (b. Santa Monica, CA. 1967- ) was born and raised in Southern California where he lives and works to this day. From his early years going to punk rock shows and Disneyland in equal parts he was more concerned with his own aesthetic vision than with fitting in. His rejection of a traditional art education (He left Otis in 1988 after two tumultuous years) is further evidence of his commitment to his unique path. He pursued his technical training through years of work in the illustration, animation and graphic design industries. When he finally reached out into the fine art world, it was not through any gallery, but by creating his own series of live art auctions (The Burning Brush Art Auctions, 1999-2002), a novel move that launched not only his own career as a fine artist, but the careers of several other previously unknown painters. What has followed are a string of sold-out (and nearly sold-out) gallery exhibitions and inclusion in several high-profile museum shows throughout the world. Long recognized for his complex color and design theories and a decidedly populist aesthetic, Biskup has amassed a cadre of loyal fans and collectors, propelled further by his steady output of limited edition prints, vinyl figures, books, records and other objects. With recent forays into the writing of theoretical text, and performance art he seems determined to remind his audience that he has a lot on his mind. His theories and actions are at times light-hearted and even funny, but can tend toward nihilism, anarchy and revolutionary idealism, matching the visual intensity of his paintings, sculptures and prints.

Selected Exhibition History

2011

  • Former State, THIS Gallery, Los Angeles, Oct-Nov

2010

2009

2008

2007

  • Ether, Billy Shire Gallery, Culver City, CA. May-June

2006

  • Vapor, Galerie Engler, Berlin, Germany, October
  • Pervasion (with Gary Baseman), Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA. June – September
  • American Cyclops, Iguapop Gallery, Barcelona, Spain. July

2005

  • Virtue, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY. October – November
  • The Push Over, Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City, CA. June – July

2004

  • Ultra-Murder Death Squad, (with Andrew Brandou), Tin Man Alley Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. December
  • The Golden Pill, M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA. April

2003

  • The Phantom Thread, OX-OP Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. September
  • Alphabeast, La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. June
  • Curly, Moe & Jack (with Seonna Hong and Bwana Spoons), Gallery Bink, Portland, OR. April

2002

  • Hello From Los Angeles (with Mark Ryden, Gary Baseman, Coop and Rockin’ Jellybean) Tower Shibuya Gallery, Tokyo, Japan and Presspop Gallery, Kiyoto, Japan. October
  • Wild Kingdom (with Seonna Hong & Andrew Brandou), Gallery Bink, Portland, OR. April
  • Bubblebath (with Gary Baseman and Tony Millionaire), Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle, WA. February

Selected Press

  • Canvas Magazine (Cover Story)
  • ModArt Magazine (Cover Story)
  • Hi-Fructose Magazine (Feature)
  • Paper Magazine (Artwork featured in “Opinion” section along with a BIO by Carlo McCormick)
  • Creativity Magazine
  • Juxtapoz (Cover Story)
  • Artweek (Revue)
  • LA Weekly (Revue)
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Los Angeles Times Magazine (Cover Story)
  • Los Angeles Magazine (Revue)
  • Los Angeles City Beat
  • artbeatstreet
  • subculture design
  • Helio Mag
  • IDN Magazine
  • Freshness Mag
  • The Portland Mercury (Cover)
  • Faesthetic Magazine (Cover)
  • The Brooklyn Rail
  • Tablet Magazine
  • Hustler of Culture
  • Blab Magazine(Cover)
  • Racket Magazine
  • Super7 Magazine (Cover Story)
  • Vanity Fair
  • Varoom Magazine
  • Variety Magazine
  • Vice Magazine
  • Zing Magazine
  • Vogue Italia
  • La Repubblica Velvet (Italy)
  • Epoca (Brazil)
  • TVTrip (Brazil)
  • Rojo Magazine (Spain)
  • Clark Magazine (France)

Selected Publications

  • The Artist in You, Baby Tatoo Books, 2008.
  • The Jackson 500, Volume 3, Dark Horse Books, 2007.
  • American Cyclops, Iguapop, 2006.
  • The Jackson 500, Volume 2, Dark Horse Books, 2006.
  • The Jackson 500, Volume 1, Dark Horse Books, 2005.
  • 100 Paintings, Dark Horse Books, 2004.