Artist Tim Townsley began his career in Los Angeles where he was born and raised. He received his BA in art from Cal State L.A. and holds a Masters of Fine Art from Otis College of Art and Design. Townsley taught mural painting through the UCLA Extension program and for eight years taught figure drawing, color theory, and painting at Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts).
Over time, Townsley gained extensive experience in the entertainment industry painting both Matte paintings and backings for motion pictures. He also painted murals in several theme parks such as Disneyland (Anaheim), Sea World (San Diego), Six Flags Magic Mountain (Valencia), and McClaren’s Home for Children (El Monte) for which he received a commendation from the Los Angeles County Supervisors. Several more mural commissions followed in venues such as Las Vegas (Mirage, Holiday Inn, and Aladdin) and the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Since 2000, he has continued to paint murals for retail stores and has been commissioned by UC Riverside for its C-Cert Bldg. and by UCLA for its Friends of Jazz program.
Townsley lives and works at his home/studio in the Cove area of Cathedral City. He has exhibited at several art venues throughout California and had been represented by the JNA Gallery (Bergamot Station, Santa Monica) and the Stephen Archdeacon Gallery (Palm Springs) until they both closed earlier this year. In 2013, his work was recognized by the Artists Council of the Palm Springs Art Museum and was awarded the Free Spirit Prize; ArtLA featured his work on its magazine cover, after which he was chosen as one of the 100 Best Artists in California; and he was chosen to exhibit on an electronic billboard on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. In 2014, his work was exhibited in the Cathedral City City Hall from March through July; he had 2 pieces in the ‘Let’s Face It’ exhibit at UCR Palm Desert (curated by the Barones); and for the third time, a piece was chosen for the Los Angeles Art Association ‘Out There’ group show.
Exhibits in Galleries and Other Venues
2016 January 11-February 26--"Hollywood Glam", UC Riverside Palm Desert Campus.
Reception: February 5th
January 30-April 20--"Philosophical Investigations", Pepperdine University, Malibu. Reception: January 30th
Featured Artist in the Cathedral City Artists' Home Tour, February 28th
Featured Artist, Coda Gallery, Palm Desert. Reception: March 4th
October 1 – November 27: Artists’ Council Exhibition, Pam Springs Art Museum.
Reception Oct. 29
October 7—November 6: ‘Alimento’ Group show, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Reception Oct. 7
October 20 – December 15: ‘Animal Magnetism,’ UC Riverside, Palm Desert Campus.
Reception Oct. 20
2015 January 28-May 1--"Philosophical Investigations", UC Riverside, Palm Desert Campus
Ongoing--Work on display at Coda Gallery, Palm Desert
April 29-May 24--One Man Show in the East Gallery, 29 Palms Gallery
September 18-October 12--"2015 Palm Springs Open", Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs
October 20-December 6--Artists' Council Exhibition, Palm Springs Art Museum.
-Awarded the "Preston Ormsby Award for Painting" by Palm Springs Art Museum at event
October 22-December 18--"Jazz Standards", UC Riverside Palm Desert Campus. Reception will be October 22nd
Read: Coachella Valley Weekly article on "Philosophical Investigations".
2014 January 4-February--Simply Delicious Food Show, Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, Palm
January-May--Cathedral City Hall Exhibition, 'Livin' the Dream', January 28-May 1st, 2014, curated by Marilyn Cooper, Cathedral City Public Arts Commission. The Artists Reception honors Tim Townsley, Betty Gold, and Simi Dabah.
March--Tim Townsley's paintings were exhibited at the Hotel Saguaro throughout the month of March. The artists' reception for Townsley and Linda Atkins was held on March 5th.
March/April--"Let's Face It" exhibit at UC Riverside, Palm Desert campus, curated by Karen Barone. Works selected include James Joyce & Samuel Beckett from Townsley's Writers series. Reception: March 27.
September (ongoing)--Pieces being shown at Coda Gallery, Palm Springs
December 13--Los Angeles Art Association, Open Show, Work Selected: Marx in Palm Springs
2013 January--Agnes Pelton Historical Home
January through December--JNA Gallery group shows (Bergamot Station)
Stephen Archdeacon Gallery, one-man & group shows
February--Artists Home Tour (Cathedral City Historical Society)
June--'Art Goes Electric' billboard, Sunset Strip, LA
October--Artists' Council Exhibit (Palm Springs Art Museum)
Past Shows (alphabetical order)
All Sports Gallery
Catalina Jazz Club
Clear White Gallery
Crown Plaza Hotel, LAX
James Gray Gallery
Marriott Hotel, Woodland Hills
Museum of Science & Industry