Timothy Karpinski: Lost At Sea, and That's Fine By Me

Released Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Lost At Sea, and That's Fine By Me, by Timothy Karpinski.
15% of the sale of this print goes to The Kids in Need Foundation.

Timothy J. Karpinski grew up near the Appalachian Trail in the woods of New Jersey. As a child he was obsessed with building forts and damming streams. As time passed, skateboarding and art entered the picture. To this day, Karpinski still spends much of his time building forts, damming streams, skateboarding and making art. Inspiration also comes from his love of music, typography, gardening, children’s books, graffiti, and his love of nature and science. All of these elements are reflected in his work. Karpinski is that rare combo of ‘dreamer’ and ‘doer’. Many encompass one of these traits, seldom both. He is a master of wit, a lover of folk and owner of one of the finest art reference libraries this side of the Mississippi. Karpinski is currently living the dream in Portland, OR, where he runs Together Gallery, holds down both a fort and a sailboat...and somehow still finds time to make some art and dam some streams.

Karpinski’s work has shown with Whitewalls (San Francisco), Compound Gallery (Portland), Flatcolor Gallery (Seattle), Together Gallery (Portland), Thinkspace Gallery (Los Angeles) and Lab 101 (Los Angeles) to name but a few, and has also been profiled in such high profile events as Brave Art 2007 (Whistler, BC) and at art fairs including GenArt Vanguard 2008 in Miami with Thinkspace and last December’s Aqua Art Miami with White Walls and Shooting Gallery.
- Andrew Hosner - Thinkspace Gallery

About the print:
This piece is titled: Lost At Sea, and That's Fine By Me. It is one of the bigger, more heavily layered pieces that I have made, and was created for my show called "Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed" - a solo exhibition at Together Gallery here in Portland, OR. The show was heavily based on the curiosity of a cat. I've gotten into sailing recently and have a small sailboat. I love exploring, and the ocean is so huge, that I daydream about being out on my boat at night in the the middle of the ocean - no land in sight, maybe just my cat and sweetheart on board, with the sound of the waves. This piece is about that dream. Someday I plan on sailing around the world with a mini studio on my boat.

The original artwork was made with acrylic and graphite on hand-cut paper. This is a giclée print on 310gsm Hahnemuhle archival matte paper. Each print was signed by the artist.


What has inspired you recently?
I just got home from a road trip to Mt. Baker, WA, which is right on the border of Canada, way up in the woods. I spent a few days in a cabin and up on the snowy mountains snowboarding with friends. Being outside and soaking in the sun inspires, as does looking out and seeing nothing but trees. Portland winters are harsh, and i spend most days hidden away in my studio listening to the rain outside and the hum of freight trains speeding by.

Why did you choose to pair the Kids In Need Foundation with your print?
I chose to pair my print with the Kids In Need Foundation because the youth are the future! For me, school changed my life. I was hooked after the first art class I took, and was lucky enough to go to a school with a great art program. It scares me when I hear that some schools don't offer art and music programs because of a lack of funds, so I hope that we can raise money and get the Kids In Need Foundation some creative supplies and books to educate. Knowledge is power - let's give every kid a chance.

How have you seen art transform the world around you?
Art making has definitely changed my life. I was a weird kid and when i found art and skateboarding, things finally made sense to me. Moving to Portland, I met so many creatives and felt like I was part of a family - everyone collaborating and encouraging each other. Technology weirds me out, so I use the computer as a tool but I feel most comfortable listening to music and painting, and when I'm not painting, looking at a beautiful painting. Portland has an amazing energy because of this - everyone I know is working on something cool: an art show, music, dance, building a teepee.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Austrian artist, architect, and all around bohemian, would have been so rad to hang out with and talk about art and living in this crazy world. He was the origin of blurring the line between art and life, living a lifestyle that was basically a work of art in itself.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
My friends here are very inspiring - peeps like Seth Needs, Mark Warren Jacques, Tim Adam Maynard, David Wien - too many to list, all making and thinking. Oh, Jay Howell is the man, too.

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