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My education and experience as a painter has always inspired my photography. Some time ago my photography moved away from representing what I see instantly – with a shutter click – toward representing what I see using a slower more measured approach. My process combines sudden discovery through the lens of a compound camera, with gradual refinement combining photographic, painterly and computational techniques.

The heart of each shoot centers on arranging objects and lighting so that the light is likely to take over and the objects recede or perhaps disappear entirely. The objects I use are of little consequence as such. Traces of them sometimes appear and may lend a sense of realism to these abstractions. I hope this ambiguity will encourage looking deeply and suspend the viewer in uncertainty. My photographs act as under paintings as I work. My images express a dichotomy between photographic realism and ambiguous abstraction – between photography and painting.


Tim Forcade is a multimedia artist employing painting, theatrical/studio lighting, electronic systems, video and photography to create imagery inspired by light in all its forms.  He has combined his education in drawing and painting (BFA 1970) with ongoing research and experiments with technology-based media.  His work has been published, collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.

His obsession with art and technology began in the 1960’s.  At that time Tim began work with projected light using paint, liquids, various materials and motors producing environmental stage effects for live performances across the midwest and Canada.  He also produced a series of photographs using theatrical stroboscopic lights and choreography to create imagery using the figure as a point of departure toward abstract photography.  Throughout the 70s and 80s, via independent trial and error, he designed and built his Light Machine Series — interactive electronic devices he used to transform sound into colored light compositions for installations, photography and video.

During the 80s and 90s Tim participated in the emergence and evolution of 2D and 3D computer graphics as an artist, beta site, author, and development team member. He has taught and lectured extensively at various conferences and colleges including SIGGRAPH, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas and Alberta College of Art.

His more recent work leverages his decades of experience as a professional photographer and artist skilled in computational photography and digital image processing. For the last 15 years his large photographic works on paper and fabric have been based on locating or building subjects that he asserts “affect light without necessarily being delineated by it.” This recent work as been referred to as color field photography and a true synthesis between painting and photography.

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For more information contact Tim at 785.843.1605 or email him — A blog about Tim's new work and upcoming exhibits is available via Tim@Facebook.