Tim Hovde was born in North Dakota.  From 1983 to 1989 he studied music, photography and art.  In 1992 he moved to Arizona where he worked and studied for a degree in Graphic Design.  Since 1985, Hovde has used a varied practice of music, painting, drawing, photography, and graphic design, to explore the complex relationship between art, photography and nature.  Stating: “I have found that I am able to translate the reality in nature into paintings that are visually appealing as abstractions, yet remain true to the essence of my subject.” Hovde’s artwork investigates the challenge of taking imagery from nature, and translating those perceived reconciliations into a new experience.  Tim Hovde considers himself an abstract expressionist artist and is influenced by Joan Miro, Jackson Pollack, Claude Monet, and Georgia O'Keeffe.
At the young age of ten, Hovde developed his interest in art and photography.  He was heavily influenced by his father who was a professional photographer.  From the age of thirteen he began studying music.  Music inspired him to paint abstract expressionism on paper and mat board with enamels and pencils.  Hovde continued to work, paint, and photograph while living in Arizona for the next twenty years.  The sun drenched landscapes, which he hiked and biked throughout the state,  influenced his artwork.  In the early 2000’s, Tim began experimenting with oil paint and found that the resulting hues, tints, and textures that oil color created, could not be reproduced in other mediums.  Hovde developed two main styles during this period; Pooling and Virgin Color paintings, which represented sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls, rivers and landscapes.  During this period of time, Hovde traveled to Europe and brought back photographic images that would be translated into oil paintings.  The resulting style of artwork would be called Dans le jardin(in the garden).  Hovde was influenced by the manicured texture and color of the gardens throughout Europe.  Explaining: “Experiencing the rich and ornate gardens is like diving into a pool of pure color.”  Tim began painting on larger canvases, from four to eight feet in dimension.  Hovde’s monumental pieces literally envelop the viewer in thick textures and strong hues; often finding themselves immersed in the painting.
In 2004 Tim’s artwork was exhibited at Gallery 360 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Hovde currently exhibits artwork at Muir Fine Art Gallery in Houston, Texas.  Hovde participated in exhibitions and events as late as 2013 throughout the US and locally in Arizona and Las Vegas.  Tim now sells his photographs and artwork directly to clients, art consultants and interior designers, in the United States and abroad.  Private collections of Hovde’s artwork can be found throughout the United States and abroad.
Currently Hovde lives in Virginia where he continues to work, photograph and paint.  Stating: “My wife and I decided to leave the desert of the west and see the wonders of the green forests, flowers, and rocky landscapes up and down the east coast.”  

Artist Statement

“Each time I pick up the brush or palette knife, I let myself go and the painting begins automatically.  There is an image in my mind from a place I've hiked or biked and with the aid of music in the background, I scrape or poke at the canvas, wether stretched or not, in a rhythmic, fast paced motion.  The resulting completed painting, sometimes monumental in size and scope, evokes an overall emotion of the place I visited and photographed.”

Gallery and Museum Representation
Gallery360Designs, Virginia
Muir Fine Art Gallery, Houston, Texas
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Longview, Texas
Private CollectionsVirginia, Florida, California, Chicago, Arizona, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Canada, Netherlands, Monaco
Exhibitions/Events2021 Interchange, Tim Hovde Fine Art Gallery,, Madison, Virginia2020 Infinity, Gallery360 Design, Madison, Virginia

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