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Decades ago I found my vision going beyond what I found possible with paint, however my experience as a painter has continued to inspire my work. I loved the fluidity and immediacy of paint, but felt paint alone could not fully express what I aspired to. I began experimenting with light and became intrigued with its purity, vibrancy and energy. But how might light be controlled? Could it be somehow held in a finished composition?

First there were projectors, translucent liquids, paintings on glass, variable strobe lights and motorized surfaces covered in reflective materials. I designed electronic devices and worked with synthesizers, arrays of lightbulbs, oscillographic displays and computers. I had begun to reach fluidity, but lacked immediacy. I could create endless compositions but only with an unacceptable latency with programming, patching and construction requiring weeks of work or more. This search continues, now reaching nearly 50 years.

My current work comes as close as I have been able to realizing that desired mix of fluidity and immediacy. My process combines sudden discovery with gradual refinement combining photographic, painterly and computational techniques. I build studio sets or search for objects with unusual properties of refraction, translucency and color. It isn’t about objects as such, though traces of them sometimes appear and may lend a question of realism to these abstractions.

My viewpoint is close-up, the lighting intense, and the result less a photograph and more an underpainting I use in subsequent steps. The photographic aspect enables me to capture raw material intuitively. The paint aspect provides fluidity – a detailed surface endlessly malleable and unlimited. As my images are unconstrained by physicality, they may be endlessly reworked and presented using pigment, light or methods not yet imagined. This is the paint than never dries.


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.