Artist Tim Bavington has completed a major new sculpture commission adjacent to the W Dallas in Victory Park, near Downtown, Uptown, Turtle Creek, the high-style Design District of Dallas.
The work was a commissioned piece for this site and is titled “Matchbox“ and stands 15 feet high by 34 feet feet wide. Made with steel pipe and automotive paint, “Matchbox” will be a visual translation of “Matchbox” – the song recorded by The Beatles in 1964.
The Beatles version of Matchbox was chosen for both its connection to the artist Tim Bavington (UK) as well as the songs historical beginnings in TX. Dating as far back as the 1927 recording by Blind Lemon Jefferson to more recent covers by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Albert King. The 1927 Jefferson connection is especially significant to the proposed sculpture as outlined below.
Blind Lemon Jefferson born (c) 1893 in Coutchman,TX. now a ghost town that had at one time existed in the Freestone County area 100 miles south of Dallas. Blind Lemon Jefferson was an American blues and gospel singer whose musical career got started around 1910 while playing the street corners in and around the Deep Ellum section of Dallas. Playing alongside other blues musicians including Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and a young Texan Aaron “T- Bone” Walker. The artist felt that this is a significant conceptual connection as Deep Ellum lays just 2.5 miles from the proposed site in Victory Park.
The work was developed by Tim Bavington (NV), La Paloma Fine Art Fabricators (CA), and Mark Moore Fine Art (CA).
Music is the genesis of Tim Bavington’s paintings. Through synthetic polymer paint, Bavington acts as a translator between the aural and the visual as he transforms guitar solos, melodies and bass lines into vertical bands of color. Tracks from bands such as The Darkness, Oasis and The Rolling Stones become vibrant bands of color, and bridge compositional concepts between seemingly unlike disciplines. Although Bavington has a method that designates sound to color and composition, the paintings are not literal translations; they remain open to intuition and decision-making, allowing for a distinct artistic presence.
Tim Bavington (b. 1966, England) received his BFA from the Art Center (CA) before making the permanent move to Las Vegas, where he completed his MFA at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (NV). His work is included in the public collections of Fredrick R. Weisman Collection (CA), Crocker Art Museum (CA), Honolulu Art Museum (HI), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (NY), Creative Artists Agency (CA), Joslyn Art Museum (NE), Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (CA), Portland Art Museum (OR), United Talent Agency (CA), Vivendi Universal (CA), Palm Springs Art Museum (CA), Denver Art Museum (CO), The Museum of Modern Art (NY), Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University (UT) and the McNay Art Museum (TX). He has exhibited at LeeAhn Gallery (Daegu), Jack Shainman Gallery (NY), Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard (Paris), Space Gallery (London), Museum of Fine Arts (MA), Laguna Art Museum (CA), Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, and the Texas Fine Arts Center (TX) among others.
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