Tim Woolcock is a very British painter.
He is a wry Lancastrian with a sage and celestial smile.
Initially inspired by the likes of Lanyon, Heron and Hitchens, he has spent his life in the thrall of the British and Irish landscape, exposing to the observer its understated spectrum, its light and blandishments – in a language that he continues to refine.
Over the years, his style has evolved.
From the earthenware integrity of his earlier compositions, have emerged tighter, more deeply considered works, borne out of his love of painting, art history and jazz – geometrically formed abstractions that syncopate in off-beat riffs, through time and exquisitely taut acres of negative space – in a style imbued with the influences of Pasmore, Miro and Calder.
Underpinning it all lie his honesty, his integrity and his Zen leanings – qualities that his innate modesty can’t fail to disguise – providing the foundations of a body of work that is intelligent, empathetic and ultimately built to last.
Peter Cameron, 2018