Bio/Press


Tim McKay is a Denver-based artist who works in acrylic and mixed media. Primarily, his art is about the use of color, line, and creating meaningful interplay between organic and inorganic forms. Thematically, his work explores the intersection of random and predictable actions. Trained as a clinical psychologist with specialties in psychological assessment and the treatment of children and families, McKay is interested in how art can evoke emotion and connection, as well as how art can speak to issues of violence and healing. In addition, McKay worked for over 20 years as a software designer, and within his practice of art applies concepts of software engineering such as accessibility, and scalability in creating a body of work with a consistent style which promotes user-centric interactions.

McKay’s formal instruction in art has been through the Art Student League of Denver, where he has been a student of Homare Ikeda, Dale Chisman, Michael Gadlin, and Jeff Wenzel.

 

 

Select Exhibitions

2020     Color as Line, Pirate: Contemporary Art, Lakewood, CO
2019     Primes, Pirate: Contemporary Art, Lakewood, CO
2018     National Juried Exhibition, Pirate: Contemporary Art, Lakewood, CO
2016     Third Juried Exhibition, Pirate: Contemporary Art, Denver, CO
2014     flow, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO 
2013     Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO
2013     My City, My People, My Oath, My Shame, My City, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO 
2012     Spiritual Underground, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO 
2011     Obligations of Being Human, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO
2011     Giving Voice, 910 Arts, Denver, CO
2010     Continuum, Denver Modernism Show, Denver, CO
2009     Modern Ideography, Sync Gallery, Denver, CO
2009     The DAM Variations, Denver Modernism Show, Denver, CO
2009     The Blue Show, Core Gallery, Denver, CO
2008     Western Values, Green Door Living, Tennyson Arts District, Denver, CO 
2008     Wide Open Wonder Show, Core Gallery, Denver, CO
2007     Art on the River, Greenway Foundation and Art Students League, Denver, CO
2007     Past & Present: The Students of Dale Chisman, Art Students League, Denver, CO
2005     Art and Soul, Art Students League, Denver, CO

Select Press

2020, 5280.com, Art Shows to Know in February and March  https://www.5280.com/2020/02/art-shows-to-know-in-february-and-march/      

2014, Westword, Rocky Mountain Warehouse Lofts has lofty art ambitions      http://www.westword.com/arts/rocky-mountain-warehouse-lofts-has-lofty-art-ambitions-5796789

2013, Denver Post and denverpost.com, A coincidence of violence, real and imagined; Denver artist Tim McKay explores the violence of Aurora shootings    https://www.denverpost.com/2013/01/09/denver-artist-tim-mckay-explores-the-violence-of-aurora-shootings/

2013, 303 Magazine, My City, My People, My Hope, My Shame, My City   https://303magazine.com/2013/01/my-city-my-people-my-hope-my-shame-my-city/

2011, Westword, Fields and Figures    http://www.westword.com/arts/fields-and-figures-5112085

 

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