Tim Feasey obituary | Art

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Tim Feasey obituary |  Art

My friend, the artist Tim Feasey, who has died suddenly at the age of 60, made small and intimate but intense paintings, prints and drawings with exuberant color and monotonous rendering. He was always reluctant to explain his work, but it combined abstract and representational forms, capturing moments in time and passages of personal history.

In the 1990s, Tim was art co-ordinator at The Art House in Wakefield, a charity which brought together disabled and able professional and amateur artists through exhibitions and public art projects. Tim was very keen to break down barriers between people and promote integration not segregation in the projects and events he organized and facilitated.

He went on to become director of visual arts at the Attenborough Arts Center at the University of Leicester in the 2000s. There he organized and curated a wide variety of exhibitions and events that promoted the cultural profile of the university as well as the city of Leicester.

Tim spent most of his life in the Midlands and north of England. He was born in Leicester, the son of Jeanne (née Dewdney), a teacher, and Don, a writer and psychotherapist, and went to Morecambe High School. Tim obtained a degree in Fine Art in the early 1980s at Humberside College of Higher Education and later undertook an MA in Fine Art at Nottingham Polytechnic, where he and I met. In the course of his studies he twice interviewed the painter Howard Hodgkin and told me that he was most amused by their flirtatious exchanges.

Tim Feasey

After graduating from Nottingham in 1990, Tim joined the Art House. Alongside this role, and working at the Attenborough Art Centre, he continued to paint and exhibit his own work. He has had solo shows at the Brahm Gallery in Leeds, the Wakefield Art Gallery, and the Atrium Gallery in Derby, Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, and has exhibited regularly at the Wirksworth Art Festival.

Tim was uncompromising in how he wanted his work to be perceived. He was keen to enable people to experience it directly and was not a fan of printed reproductions.

He had a modest approach to life and art that contrasted with his naturally sociable character. His outward confidence masked a fragile and sensitive inner self, the side he channeled so effectively into his art and close friendships.

He is survived by two brothers, Jon and Simon.

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