bruce timson – course leader

bruce timson – course leader

falmouth dry docks 2011

falmouth dry docks 2011



view from the 46th floor New York 2011

view from the 46th floor New York 2011



life drawing as teaching aid 2012

life drawing as teaching aid 2012


Bruce Timson has been teaching art for over twenty years within secondary, tertiary and higher education in Devon, Scotland and the north of England. For the last six years he has run the Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course at KEVICC.

Timson has expertise in teaching painting, life drawing and art history, with a particular interest in 20th Century abstract painting and early 20th Century Modernism.


Timson has been developing a language of abstract landscape painting since the early 1990’s.

Abstraction allows Timson to make reference to changes in scale, viewpoint and time. The layering and splattering of pigment, and the scraping back of paint to reveal earlier marks, is symbiotic to the passage of time or changing viewpoint within the landscape.

All of his paintings are undertaken in oil paint with the liberal use of added oil mediums such as microcrystalline wax, Spectraflow and linseed oil. This allows the rapid build up of impasto effects and the repeated reworking of surfaces. For initial ‘underpainting’ Timson usually uses a combination of black and white water based paints, conte crayon, chinagraph pencil and charcoal.

Timson is following in a tradition of British abstract landscape painting, which includes the work of Peter Lanyon, De Kooning and Duncan Shanks. He is also influenced by the mix of ‘painterly painting’ and strong monochromatic underpainting in Matisse’s 1911- 1919 interior’s, and Max Beckmann’s triptychs.

Timson’s work can be viewed at


Jan-Dec 96
MFA Master of Fine Art
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
University of Dundee

Postgraduate Certificate in Education- Art
University of Exeter

Advanced Studies in Painting (Postgraduate Year)
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design

BA (Honours) Fine Art 2:1
Falmouth School of Art

Foundation Course in Art & Design
Loughborough College of Art & Design

Selected exhibitions

Solo Exhibition, The Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Totnes

1997- 2012
Represented by Philips Art Gallery, Manchester since 1997 in their gallery and at various group shows such as the ‘Affordable Art Fairs’ in Battersea, Bath, Bristol & New York

Solo Exhibition, The Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Totnes

Solo Exhibition, ‘Sustainable Landscape’
The Dartington Gallery, Dartington Hall Estate, Totnes, Devon