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.