“Art and creating, to me, is much like breathing. It is something I literally cannot live without. I choose to see beauty in everything and everyone. Art is my religion. I live in admiration of life and nature. I don’t need to carry a gun or detonate a bomb to prove it.”
Tim Joel was born in 1971 in Isleworth, London. His parents, Paul and Judy Joel, are both artists and gallery owners in Cornwall. Growing in an artists’ family, Joel was brought up to appreciate all forms of art.
He graduated from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1999 with a BA with Honors degree in Photography and the moving image. He lived for a while in Germany and became involved with the Stuckists, exhibiting with them in London and in Germany. He then travelled widely, landing first in Thailand and then settling in Taiwan. He has held numerous exhibitions in Europe, Asia and Taiwan.
He is a member of the Association of British Naive Artists.
He published his first book, Poet Painter, in 2005, and was chosen by Discovery Channel to be the subject of a documentary about foreign people who find inspiration in Taiwan.
He admires the work of Ken Howard, David Hockney and Jack VETTRIANO whom he knew when living in Edinburgh.
Tim started drawing at an early age. In 1984 he designed graphics for the Thames television and in 1998 he was an art director in Edinburgh, Scotland.
His life as a full time artist began in the year 2000 while inspired by tropical island life in Thailand. His thirst for art and travel has led him to find the inspiration that is reflected in his works. His subject matter is extremely diverse, from delicate floral still life to bold, vibrant nudes and figurative mythological landscapes.
Tim has been living and working as an artist and art teacher in Taiwan since 2002. Tim paints in his studio, a serene retreat in the mountains of Taiwan’s east coast. Meanwhile he continues to organize exhibitions, art workshops and presentations.
His work is represented by two galleries in the UK and is present in private collections all over the world.
1984 Design the Thames Television graphics for “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole”. London, England.
1998 Art Director, Production Designer for award winning Fuji Scholarship student film “Station”. Edinburgh, Scotland.
2000 Begins oil painting in Koh Samui, Thailand.
2001 Sets up studio with German graffiti artists in Munich, Germany. Organizing various art vernissages, public installations and national TV appearances.
2002 Starts working on a black ink series: “Spirit Drawings”.
2003 First solo exhibition in Taipei, Taiwan: “Where you find yourself”.
2005 Published his first book “Poet Painter”. Launched at the Taiwan International Book Exhibition, World Trade Center – Taipei.
2006 Starts working on oil painted figurative ocean scenes series “City Escape Scapes”.
2007 Established “The Beat Studio” art exhibition space, to help launch the creative paths of other artists.
2003-2010: Numerous exhibitions in Taipei city.
2009 Starts working on the oil painted series “White Lilies on red background”.
2011 40th solo exhibition: “The Vermilion Stories Art Show” in Taitung, Taiwan.
2012 Awarded certificate of excellence from the Taitung Art Museum for the painting “Home in the east”, at the Austronesian International Fine Arts Awards.
2013 Created the 9L House art studio/school and gallery. Began private tuition for local children. Initiated work on the “Spirit Evolution Designs” a series of large format oil paintings.
2014 Established the “East Coast Creative” with a Taiwanese partner. Organizing art shows, presentations and workshops.
2015 Art exhibition “BLUE” at the grand opening of the “Gallery of Arts” exhibition space in Dulan, Taiwan.
2016 Works are chosen for regular collection by The Dulan Art Museum. Opening in the spring of 2020.