Tim Rechner grew up in Red Deer, Alberta. He has been living and creating artwork in Edmonton since 2000 after living in Vancouver, Halifax and Montreal.Throughout the last 15 years he has established himself as a very committed Edmonton visual artist and has been very involved in the Edmonton arts community. He has exhibited prolifically in the Edmonton region including solo shows at The Works Festival, Art Gallery of St.Albert, The Front Gallery, Harcourt House and numerous other venues. He has participated in many group exhibits at a variety of venues including multiple exhibits at The Art Gallery of Alberta, Latitude 53, ARTERY and many other galleries.
Tim Rechner creates abstract art instinctually and automatically. The themes in his work are freedom, beauty, heartache, depression and optimism. The aim is to create intense energy through abstract visual language. The paintings and drawings created aspire to be dynamic, vibrant and beautiful. The process is intuitive, direct and physical. The artist attempts to emulate the raw spontaneity and enthusiasm of a child creating artwork. Artwork made by small children is an important resource for the artist. Automatic drawing is an important part of the art making process and Rechner often employs blind drawing techniques attempting to tap in to subconscious, rhythmic controlled chaos. There is a strong emphasis on an all over compositional flow enforced by this skeletal framework of assertively drawn graphite lines. Emotive, bright, forceful colour combinations further intensify the surfaces. Rechner also draws upon 20th century artists such as de Kooning, Gorky, Matta, Twombly, Basquiat, Riopelle and Borduas.