SAIC Alum, Artist Timothy Linn dies

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Timothy Linn (BFA 1970, MFA 1976), an accomplished artist, died on August 10, 2015, surrounded by loving family and friends. "Tim is now at peace…at one with the cosmos. He was a dear soul mate of mine for 47 years and a loving father, grandfather, and uncle to his entire family,” says his wife, Valborg Linn.

Linn, who lived in New York City, received his MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His first solo exhibition was at Chicago’s N.A.M.E. Gallery in 1975, and his work was included in several group shows throughout the United States. and Europe. Linn who was represented by Heskin Contemporary in New York had two solo exhibitions at the gallery, Of Necessity (2010), and Painterly Geometrics (2013).

Experimentation was always an essential facet of Linn’s work. In his early works he experimented with surface and space, exploring a wide range of surfaces and materials, always trusting his instincts and experience to guide in the execution of the work. “Timothy Linn has developed his artistic vocabulary over years of experimentation within the traditional media of painting and sculpture, leading to a recent body of work that is compelling for its clarity and directness. Over time, he has pared down his imagery to the point where material and concept are of equal importance in the visual dynamic of his two and three-dimensional works,” writes artist Jennifer Riley about the exhibit Of Necessity.

Linn suffered from a rare form of chordoma cancer in his spine and is survived by his wife, Valborg; daughters, Asia and Hjordis; grandson, Roman; brothers, Warren and Jason; cousins; nephews; and nieces.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory and honor of Timothy C. Linn to:

The Chordoma Foundation
PO Box 2127
Durham, NC 27102

or by donating on the website.

Image: Timothy Linn, #3, 2009, gouache and molded Japanese hinge paper on Czech watercolor paper, 14" x 10"