Original fine art since 2007

About the Timothy Gent Gallery

The Online Art Gallery

The Timothy Gent Gallery is the official fine art gallery of original art and paintings by professional artist Timothy Gent. It was started in 2007 and offers original oil paintings for sale and watercolour paintings for sale online, directly from the artist.

The sea and the coastline is Tim's main subject, influenced by a childhood growing up in the seaside town of Lytham St Annes in Lancashire. The artwork is inspired by the light, movement and the open space found within nature. Tim creates contemporary paintings from regular visits and observations of the sea in Lancashire and in recent years, the Northumberland coast.

You will find a modest but beautiful selection of original artworks for sale online. Each fine artwork is carefully wrapped, packaged and sent to you by the artist himself. You'll receive a special contemporary artwork that will make your home or space totally unique and allow you to enjoy all the beautiful qualities of an original artwork.

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Artist statement

Timothy Gent

Light, movement and the structure of what we see fascinates me, especially by the sea. In my pictures I strive to recreate the beauty and experience of being out in nature; bringing the same sensations to life again through my process of painting.

Why do you choose to paint seascapes?

Seascapes and water have always interested me, ever since childhood. I grew up one mile from the sandy beach at St Annes-on-sea in Lancashire and being surrounded by nature and the sea made a lasting impression. It is somewhere I love to be and it brings me closer to myself and to happy memories of the past.

Artistically, seascapes are interesting to me as they are fluid, changing environments that can be mirrored through the painting process. Light and movement over the coast is so beautiful and I never tire of painting it.

Can you tell me more about your oil painting process?

My abstract oil paintings are painted wet-into-wet but repeatedly, mostly it is one day after the next, on occasion I leave it for a few days. So the paintings end up multi-layered. Sometimes I spend long concentrated sessions painting and I find I have to focus on one painting at a time, rather than a handful of paintings.

I am interested in keeping to the important, essential qualities of the subject seen, as well as introducing an expressive aspect. So I tend to do lots of observation from the beach which helps to inform my paintings.

My compositions start off in a minimal way but become more complex as the painting develops and I balance all the shapes and colours into a whole.

The painting process is a journey of stages and isn’t always a cumulative, advancing one. Many times the only way forward is to scrape back and build on the experience to take the painting in a better direction. I don’t have a clear idea of the finished painting in mind when I start, only intangible snippets of experience or images in my head from something I’ve witnessed from nature.

In the past I’d work to create interesting creative marks, but I find these appear naturally now, as a by-product of my own painting process. I still value the traditional, technically correctly way of painting as much as possible, using thinner layers and established, permanent colours whenever possible.

My style of work has slowly developed over more than ten years now. I am largely self-taught so many of the 'expressive' ways I paint come from practical necessity - how to express what I need to express. I am striving for something new (within the self-imposed framework of a 2D illusional space) but using time-tested traditional mediums.

Are watercolour paintings also important to you?

Yes, I enjoy creating watercolour paintings a great deal, particularly because it is such a fluid, expressive medium and you can be wonderfully subtle and delicate in the way you express the seascape. You can suggest marvellous tones and light of the different seasons. As one of the most fluid mediums, I like how it can mirror the actions of water and the sea.

What are your artistic influences?

My influences are mainly artists from an earlier age. Modernist artists like Matisse, Cezanne and some of the London School painters. Frank Auerbach held interest for me in the beginning of my journey as a painter. I admire all modern architecture and photography.

What do you hope to achieve with your art?

I hope to not just be an artist who copies nature but allows you, the viewer, to re-experience life by seeing my painting. An artwork needs an inner energy, a uniqueness and a life that is visually interesting, bringing you more immediately into the present. Ultimately, art leads you towards a deeper appreciation of the life we live.

Buying original art

If you are asking the question where can I buy original paintings? you can find out more in the gallery. You can also find more information about how to buy original art online. Including answers to the question why buy original art? A short list of questions to ask and information about the established types of artwork mediums: oil paintings, watercolour paintings and drawings. Plus more information to help when it comes to framing your original art.