Saturday, June 20, 2009

The artwork of Tim Liddy.

While at the opening for my show at Kidder Smith Gallery in 2007 I noticed a vintage board game on a shelf in their office. I asked where they had gotten such an interesting old game and they handed it to me to hold. It was unusually heavy as well as solid, and then I noticed that it was actually painted to look as if it were an old board game. There were even the details of yellowed tape and ragged edges. The painting was "Cowboy" and it was so incredibly detailed. I was holding a Tim Liddy painting!

Liddy's artwork starts as a steel or bronze box to the exact dimensions of the board game that he is creating. Then, in
a trompe-l'oeil style he paints every minute detail down to the yellowed scotch tape holding the box together, faded price ticket and worn edges. Liddy is extremely concerned with details and his interpretation is spot on. His work brings you back to your childhood with games like Candyland and Monopoly, and introduces you to some that you never knew existed!

You can see more of his work here and here.



"Lucky Shot"



"Hot Rod Kit"


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