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Artist Tim Yanke Official Artist for AIJF

Oct 07, 2015 02:00AM
Park West Gallery artist Tim Yanke of Birmingham, Michigan has been chosen to be the official artist for the AIJF this year. DeMerle met Park West’s manager Morry Shapiro while performing on Celebrity Cruises, where Shapiro offered Park West Gallery to become a sponsor of the AIJF. “Yanke has created original artwork he will donate that will be auctioned off to benefit the Amelia Island Jazz Festival Scholarship Program,” says DeMerle. Yanke’s painting, “Legends,” features bright colors exploding from press type that reads “jazz.” Underneath the colorful plume are the names of jazz greats. He said about ninety percent of his artwork is inspired by listening to music while working, and in this case, he captured the feelings of listening to jazz. Plans are in the works for Yanke to produce a live painting during a drum solo performed by DeMerle at this year’s festival.

Tim Yanke was born in Detroit, MI, the youngest of six siblings. His parents noted and encouraged his artistic talent at a very young age, allowing him to find his way toward art school. Tim attended the University of North Texas in Denton where he completed his studies in studio art, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1986. After graduating, he opened his studio. In addition to painting, he initially accepted assignments from a local marketing company and Ameritech/AT&T, working as a graphic designer. He had his first exhibition when he was 23 years old, selling 23 of the 26 exhibited paintings.

Tim has no preconceptions when he starts to work on a painting. Incited by the energy inherent in loud music, he creates his imagery spontaneously. “My paintings never settle,” he says. “They constantly change in interpretation with each new discovery. They morph into different depths and elements.” Listening to anything from the Rolling Stones and Widespread Panic to the Grateful Dead and nature soundtracks, Tim can’t paint without music. He focuses on a bright color palette to attract the viewer and attempts to cathartically rein all his passion and creative energies into each work. He can’t define his technique, either. When asked, he responds that he’ll paint with anything that leaves a mark: chalk, house paint, spatulas, tar… he’ll use almost any materials to create his works.

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