Artist discovers ‘Sounds of Silence’ in new watercolor show

Sunday, 12 November 2017, 10:50:54 AM. Artist Tim Bavington has learned two things in three years of teaching at UNLV.
Artist Tim Bavington has learned two things in three years of teaching at UNLV. First, “I’m surprised by how much I love it,” he admits. Especially because “I spent 25 years studiously avoiding teaching.” The second thing he learned: how much he enjoys painting watercolors. “I was teaching it, and it occurred to me, ‘Why don’t I do this?’ ” Bavington says. So he did. The result: “Sounds of Silence,” an exhibit of new watercolors at MCQ Fine Art through Jan. 5. Only Bavington’s second gallery show in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, “Sounds of Silence” finds the England native returning to his trademark method and style: translating elements of popular songs into geometric stripes. (It’s the same approach Bavington used to create “Pipe Dream,” his Symphony Park sculpture inspired by Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man.”) In the past, Bavington usually created his canvases by spraying them with acrylic paint, giving them a bright, hard-edged look. (He’s also done pastel drawings.) The new “Sounds of Silence” works, by contrast, display an “irregularity in line and texture,” resulting in a “much more painterly, much more loose” approach, according to MCQ Fine Art’s Michele Quinn. “This is Tim going, ‘don’t worry about where the lines go.’ ” For Bavington, “I love the liquidity of the watercolors,” he says, citing “the delicacy and transparency” of the new works. “It’s a different kind of freedom — that’s why I like it,” he explains. “To use brushes again is just...Read more
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