Tim Garner

Banner Refuge  by Tim Garner
Banner Refuge

Tim Garner’s paintings are both an ode and a lilting lament for the city of Manchester.

They depict seemingly banal, almost nondescript scenes: a garage; a closed-down chippy; a terraced street. And whilst locals might recognise these anti-landmarks, there’s a definite sense that they could belong to any quintessentially Northern town or city.

It’s as if Garner has distilled a sense of Northern identity, its soul, its spirit, on the page. In this respect they bear more than a passing parallel to the work of Turner Prize-nominated George Shaw.

The pieces conjure up a confusing conflux of emotions though. The images have a hazy quality but also employ vivid colours at times. This gives them a sense of being representations of distant memories both faded by time but also brighter than reality.

Garner spent more than twenty years away from his native North West and describes rediscovering its beauty as a “constant joy”. The works certainly have an air of rekindled romance between spurned lovers; there’s an awareness of both their blemishes and their beauty.

Garner’s buildings have a ghostly, ethereal appearance which is fitting because many are probably soon to be knocked down, while others already have been. It would therefore be easy to read the images as a chronicle of urban decay, and there is certainly a hint of that, but there’s also a sort of childlike optimism about them of renewal and hope. Pieces like Moss Lane are overlaid with star-spangled borders at once juvenile and absurd given the gritty subject matter they surround.

For any homesick Northerner, or just anyone who has a mixed relationship with their hometown, Garner’s work should really strike a chord." - Joe Turnbull, Art Review of the Year 2014 for Contributoria.

Artwork by Tim Garner

Moorland Sky by Tim Garner
Moorland Sky
ARTZU - Manchester Urban Landscape artist Tim Garner talks about the Refuge painting
Tim Garner Talks About His Urban Landscape Paintings
Ancoats After Rain by Tim Garner
Ancoats After Rain
A Safe Bet by Tim Garner
A Safe Bet (2019)
Oxford Road Station by Tim Garner
Oxford Road Station (2019)
Liverpool Road by Tim Garner
Liverpool Road (2019)
Victoria by Tim Garner
Tag by Tim Garner
Tag (2017)
Red Light, Green Light by Tim Garner
Red Light, Green Light (2017)
On Great Ancoats by Tim Garner
On Great Ancoats
FAC 513 by Tim Garner
FAC 513
FAC 512 by Tim Garner
FAC 512
Charlotte Street by Tim Garner
Charlotte Street (2019)
Corner of John Street by Tim Garner
Corner of John Street
Irwell Left Bank by Tim Garner
Irwell Left Bank (2019)
Tib Street by Tim Garner
Tib Street
Ancoats Investment Opportunity by Tim Garner
Ancoats Investment Opportunity (2019)
Midland Hotel by Tim Garner
Midland Hotel (2019)
St Peter's Square by Tim Garner
St Peter's Square
Corner of Afflecks by Tim Garner
Corner of Afflecks
Redevelopment by Tim Garner
Redevelopment (2018)
Mantle by Tim Garner
Thomas Street by Tim Garner
Thomas Street
Chapel Street Reclamation by Tim Garner
Chapel Street Reclamation (2018)
Dale Street by Tim Garner
Dale Street
Irwell River by Tim Garner
Irwell River
Hide & Seek by Tim Garner
Hide & Seek (2017)
Chapel Street Police Station by Tim Garner
Chapel Street Police Station (2019)
Home Is Where the Art Is S02E03
Tim Garner appears in BBC "Home Is Where The Art Is" Series 2 Episode 3 (2020)
Northern Quarter Roofs by Tim Garner
Northern Quarter Roofs
Swan Street West by Tim Garner
Swan Street West
Old Monkey by Tim Garner
Old Monkey
Coming Up to Hulme Street by Tim Garner
Coming Up to Hulme Street (2018)
The Ghost of Albert Speer by Tim Garner
The Ghost of Albert Speer (2019)
St Peter's Square Evening Light by Tim Garner
St Peter's Square Evening Light (2019)
Spud by Tim Garner
Spud (2017)
Simon Says by Tim Garner
Simon Says (2017)