For more than 30 years, Timothy Nero’s art has expressed his thoughts about how the mind is altered and influenced by thoughts and substances and the nature of human consciousness.
Nero’s latest work, motivated in part by subconscious thoughts about what he describes as “the rampant madness in this political scene,” is featured in his upcoming show at 5.Gallery titled “Everything is Gone Except Silence” that opens on August 11.
“I took the titled from lyrics from a Jefferson Airplane song,” he explains. “All that could be left is silence.”
Nero calls his work “molecularly figurative” rather than abstract or non-figurative. Many of his recent paintings include spiral-like forms. “A common response is that the forms look like intestines,” he says. “For me, the imagery that comes out of my work has to do with snapshots of memory.”
Raised in a suburban community in Ohio, Nero told his parents he was going to be an artist when he was in the third grade. He was earning failing grades in science and math and unsuccessful at every kind of sport.
Nero studied art at Saint Leo University in Florida and interior design and architecture at Kent State University in Ohio. While he ran a wallpaper and painting business in Tallahassee, he earned his master’s degree in painting at Florida State University.
By 1991 Nero was living in Taos and sculpting. He moved to Santa Fe in 2004, and three years later purchased land in nearby Glorieta, where he lives today.
“I regard my work as psychedelic camouflage,” Nero adds. “The skeins of layered marks on the surface may be seen as a record of a thought process. Not necessarily any particular thoughts per se but rather the thought of thought in paint.”