Tim Conlon

Tim Conlon is a graffiti artist living and working in Washington. He grew up just south of D.C., and is best known for large-scale murals, graffiti art, sculpture and works on canvas. He was one of two aerosol artists featured in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2008 exhibition, RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture. In 2011, he was featured and had a small curatorial role in the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s, Art in The Streets exhibit. Conlon has also shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and during Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Education

  • 1996  B.A. Digital Arts & Imaging, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD

Exhibitions

  • 2012 RVA Street Art Festival, festival produced by Ed Trask and Jon Baliles, group show, Richmond, VA
  • SELECT WPA 2012 Art Auction Exhibition and Gala, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC
  •  2011 Art Night 2011, WPA/Hickok Cole Architects, Washington, DC
  • Derailed 2, Art Whino, solo show, Washington, DC
  • Submerge, No Kings Collective, Washington, DC
  • Art in the Streets, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, The first major U.S. museum exhibition of the history of graffiti and street art, Los Angeles, California
  • G40: The Summit, Art Whino, Washington, DC
  • 2010  Small Gift Miami, Sanrio 50th anniversary group art show at Art Basel, Miami, Florida
  • Gateway to a Great Community, Green Public Art Installation in Historic Anacostia with Billy Colbert (artist), Washington, DC
  • The Underbelly Project, Abandoned subway station group project, New York City, New York
  • Les Grandes Traversées, Interactive design festival, Bordeaux, France
  • Derailed, Studio H, solo show, Washington, DC
  • Black in Black, The Fridge Gallery, Collaborative show with Mark Jenkins (artist/sculptor), Washington, DC
  • G40: The Summit, Art Whino, Crystal City, Virginia
  • Activation 2719, ReadysetDC & No Kings Collective, Washington DC
  • 2009 Charcoal Studios, Art Whino at Art Basel, Miami, FL
  • Recycled Meaning: Oil and Water, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • My DC, Murals DC public mural project, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, Washington DC
  • Windows Into DC, Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
  • Out of Context 3, Art Life Gallery, Calgary, Canada
  • Bombs Away!, Strychnin Gallery, Berlin, Germany (Guest curator and exhibitor)
  • Manifest Hope, exhibition commemorating the inauguration of President Barack Obama, Washington DC
  • 2008  RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
  • 400 ML, Project Maison des Métallos, Paris, France
  • Inked Souls, Art Whino, Washington DC
  • Art Anonymous, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
  • Collectors Select/Wreckfast at Tiffany's, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA

Lectures

  • “Murals DC – Production Layout,” Youth workshop sponsored by Words, Beats, & Life, Washington DC
  • 2012  “Graffiti at the Smithsonian,” Documentary promo for The Smithsonian Channel, Filmed on location, Baltimore, MD
  • “Introduction to Graffiti Piecing,” Guest instructor, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, Washington DC
  • 2011  “The Universe of Keith Herring,” Guest panelist, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC
  • “The Art of Vandalism,” Guest panelist, DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and DC Department of Public Works, Washington DC
  • Canvases for set dressing, Silvercup Studios, Queens, NY, Georgetown, (Airs fall 2011 on ABC)
  • “History of American Graffiti,” Book signing at Art in the Streets, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010  Mural and canvas for makeover of The Fishing School, Washington DC, Extreme Makeover Home Edition: Tripp Family, Parts I and II, (Aired February 14, 2010 on ABC)
  • 2009  “Night Taxi,” Interview for German television program on RBB, Berlin, Germany
  • “Hands On! Talk & Draw,” Berlin Wall Family Day, Newseum, Washington DC
  • Live painting for Pyramid Atlantic Art Center with AFI Silver Theater, Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Screening of film documentary Beautiful Losers - Silent Art Auction and Reception
  • Chocolate City Burning, documentary film on Washington DC graffiti.
  • 2008  “RECOGNIZE! Youth Symposium,” RECOGNIZE!  Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture Youth Symposium, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
  • “Graffiti and the Influence of Hip Hop on Art and Culture,” Panelist & Mural Artist, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
  • 2007  Live painting for Virgin Mobile Festival, Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD
  • 2005  xXx: State of the Union, Set painting for feature film, Columbia Pictures, Baltimore, MD

Bibliography

  • Rizzoli Books, We Own the Night: The Art of the Underbelly Project. February 2012.
  • Vespa, Jeff, Graffiti Legends: Faces Behind Tags. LIFE, August 2011.
  • Gastman, Roger, The History of American Graffiti. April 2011.
  • Graffiti Goes Haute Culture. MTV News, Germany, April 2009.
  • Cavanaugh, Amy. DCist Interview: Tim Conlon. DCist, April 2008.
  • Boone, Jobyl A., Brandon Fortune, and Frank H. Goodyear, III.  RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture.  Washington, DC:  National Portrait Gallery, 2008.
  • Conlon, Tim, Trains, Graffiti and Fine Art. Garden Railways Magazine, Feature, December, 2011.
  • Bloomberg, Jess. Aerosol Art. Smithsonian Magazine, February 2008.
  • Keyes, Allison, National Portrait Gallery Hosts Hip-Hop Exhibit. All Things Considered – NPR, February 2008.
  • Zongker, Brett, Hip-hop, Immortalized. Los Angeles Times, February 2008.
  • Deusner, Stephen M., Tagging Museum Walls. Paste Magazine, Feature, Issue 39, 2008.
  • Gastman, Roger, Darin Rowland, and Ian Sattler. Freight Train Graffiti. June 2006.
  • Gastman, Roger, Enamelized. June 2004.

 

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