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Art Watch : Tim Jarosz

Tim Jarosz is in focus for our Art Watch for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Tim Jarosz was born in on the Northwest side of Chicago. He loved every bit of the city that he has known all his life. Professionally he decided to study graphic design, because there was a huge demand for designers in the industry. But he also actually really enjoyed the work.

Tim figured out pretty early on that he loved to capture images of candid moments in time. And it is important that they are pure and unscripted. But it would be a while before he could actually follow his heart.

Being a professional graphic designer and a professional photographer, certainly helped him in his journey. It gave his craft the polish that comes with training. He continued to work as a professional graphic designer for several years before deciding to take on photography.

Tim had to make up his mind and follow his heart. He took the leap to quit his day job- namely his design job and started freelancing in photography. It was not long before he built an amazing photography career. He had the ability to shoot pictures and still create works of art in his personal time.

Why Tim Jarosz?

“I’m pumped that I get to work with both those mediums on a daily basis” – says the artist who is happy to work a job that he truly loves.

Looking at Tim’s work one can see immediately the colours and textures popping effortlessly and yet in the most emphatic way. Tim is hugely attracted to texture and colour. According to him part of his process involves habitually hitting the pavement and creating a bank of source images which later feed his various creative applications. Being a Chicago boy has its advantages. He knows the city intimately, what he wants to find or what finds him – ultimately he reads and speaks the language of the city.

Tim says – “You know, being from Chicago, how this city can inspire you so easily. I mean the people, culture and architecture are some of the best in the world and that’s why I like to focus my work on this amazing city. I try to highlight what anyone can see everyday just by walking down the street.”

There is another aspect about his work that makes us take note – it is attention that he pays to the urban landscape.  A flock of birds over the buildings that suddenly decorate the sky, or a fence in metal that has its own character. Tim has always spoken about the tremendous source of continuous inspiration  about his inspiration in urban landscapes and says – “My work focuses on everyday imagery that could be passed by or ignored daily, but is what I find beautiful.”

The Artist & His Art

He is dedicated to use his lens and his capacity as a professional to capture the “everyday” the “passed-by” , “ignored”, “unseen” and the “mundane” and thereby the essence. For him this a practice that will encourage in bringing attention to the ‘forgotten’ in cites and raise them to a platform of engagement.

According to the artist his process differs from each of his works, but he has a style. The beginning is with photography. The collection of images and mentally just filing them away is his artistic style. The walk, the smell of the environment, the cold air – and the visuals 0- they all come together.

Most of his works the roofs and walls play an important part. So after the buildings and/or rooftops the next step is to move into editing and collaging. The colour and texture treatments to the piece are added after the composition is in place. What seems like street photography has actually been meticulously pasted together in the mind and then digitally and then worked. True new age art is here and being celebrated.


For more Artists handpicked by Divvya Nirula – explore the ART WATCH archive.

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