“These recent Threshold paintings are, in part, a confrontation with nothingness, placing the unsuspecting viewer on the brink of the unknown. And like much of my work, they are anthropometric in scale— body-sized--and symmetrical, facilitating the human being’s moment of encounter. On another level, they are a continuation of my ongoing endeavor to find authentic ways of making a painting. They have evolved over twenty years in tandem with other series. Like all of my work, they demonstrate a coalescence of formal concerns that I have carried with me for a very long time.” - Timothy App
Over the last five decades, Contemporary American artist Timothy App [B. 1947 Akron, OH; Lives and works in Baltimore, MD] has developed a body of work that engages a complex exploration of abstract painting and has contribution to the larger art historical narrative around geometric practice. App's signature style of geometric abstraction, with its assertive visual tensions, reveals a concise and thoughtful understanding of the nature of painting, demonstrating his status as one of the region's most important living painters.
Timothy App received a BFA in 1970 from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, and an MFA in 1974 from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. He was an Assistant Professor of Art at Pomona College in Claremont, CA from 1974- 78, an Associate Professor of Art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM from 1978-90, and has been a Professor of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD since 1990 until his retirement in 2019.
App’s many awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, Trustee’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and nomination for the Richard C. Diebenkorn Fellowship.
Since the 1970 App’s work has been widely exhibited throughout the USA as well as in Poland and Japan. He has been featured in myriad solo exhibitions and included in over 200 group exhibitions. App’s work appears in numerous private, public, and corporate collections, including: the Albright-Knox Art Museum in Buffalo, NY; the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD; the Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, CA; the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, NM; Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM; the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, AZ; ArtCloud, Korea; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; among many others.