Imago Hominis (The Image of Man), 1988
Tim Ralph (born 1959)
oil on canvas
198 x 182cm
signed and dated lower middle right
Exhibited: Timothy Ralph, Australian Galleries, Melbourne, 29th June – 9th July 1988, Catalogue #5
0419 540 162
“…Timothy Ralph’s first solo show is about the most polished debut I can recall…His work is painted with enormous graphic assurance; it has clarity of detail, yet includes some mysterious ingredients. The pictures are loaded with art-historical asides and pictorial quotes. All the work is complex, eclectic and professional. Ralph’s paintings exploit an open three-sided enclosure or screen with a patterned floor, often perforated as if by bodies that break through to, or from, the dark void beyond.
There's a full subterranean life, with strange sluices, towers, shelves, chimneys and demonic fires. Access to all this is through Ralph's stagy platforms, open to the viewer who can see both a facade and an ominous depth beyond.
Limbs, either of people or trees, do multiple duty as staffs of office, weapons, life-trees, or naked bodies that dive into deep space, fall like Icarus and dance like the furies.
You can see that Ralph is ambitious. His chosen arena is nothing less than 'Life at The Brink’, 'Life the Great Mystery’.” Ronald Millar, Art Critic, Melbourne Herald, June 29, 1988
Timothy Ralph was born in Perth. He studied painting in Sydney and fine art at RMIT in Melbourne graduating with distinction. He participated in various group shows in the eighties including The Best of Young Australians at the NGV in 1988. In 1985 he won the city of St Kilda Acquisitive art award and in 1986 he was awarded a Travel Grant by the Australia Council. He held his first solo exhibition in 1988 at Australian Galleries, Melbourne.
His work is represented at the National Gallery Canberra, the Art Gallery of NSW, Artbank, and the City of St Kilda.