Meet photographer artist Tim Tadder

Tim Tadder brings his world of camera and directorial skills, honed with great acclaim in the editorial and commercial worlds of the lens, to his deeply personal, alluring and impactful art portfolios. In three series in particular – Nothing to see, United states of purple, and his most recent project, Black is a color – Tadder harnesses and amplifies the emotional and narrative power of pure color, in the service of sincere commentary on the state of society. In Nothing to see and United states of purple, Tadder makes assertive metaphors for the frustrating and polarizing disregard for truth and empathy in political discourse. In the dynamic, slightly psychedelic Black is a color, Tadder performs sensual paint drips in exuberant and expressive appreciations of free thought and unity beyond divisions.

Tim Tadder, USA from Purple

LA WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?

TIM TADDER: When I was in high school, I realized that art was the only thing I liked to do every day. It was the only discipline at school that kept my focus and attention. I realized that this art was something that matched my mentality.

What’s your short answer to people who ask you what your job is?

My work is about the human condition and how society portrays, interacts and impacts.

What would you do if you weren’t an artist?

I would definitely always be involved in some type of creative or entrepreneurial business. I really like to create opportunities from ideas.

Did you go to art school? Why why not?

I didn’t go to art school. I never imagined that I could have a career in art that would support me financially and as a result, I was guided into more educational and business practices.

Time Tadder, black is a color

Why do you live in SoCal, & not elsewhere?

I live in a small seaside community, Encinitas. I have a very low key lifestyle and it is important for me to have very calming and peaceful and non-chaotic energy. Living here suits my personality and my working style perfectly.

When was your first show?

The first time I really exhibited on a large scale was in 2017 in Miami during Art Basel. I have had other smaller exhibitions, but this is something that has attracted a lot of attention and validated the quality of my collections.

When is / was your current / most recent / next show?

Currently, the images are prominently displayed in major galleries such as Front Gallery. We have multiple rooms in Hudson Yards, New York and Brickell City Center as well as Aventura Mall. When we first announced our relationship with Avant Gallery, we had a large storefront in New York and Miami. The work has been so well received that it continues to be exhibited prominently in the galleries.

Which artist, living or dead, would you most like to show with?

Life: KAWS. I love its bold graphic style. I think my work would work well with the bold form to communicate the cross between my work and hers. Death: Salvador Dalí. His vision was unique, abstract and somewhat cavalier and I think my work would juxtapose well with the playfulness of his work.

Tim Tadder, Nothing to see

Do you listen to music while you work? If so, what?

Yes, I listen to music while I am working. Since the onset of COVID, I have listened to Grateful Dead and the Dead and Company a lot with John Mayer. I stayed with it because I think the COVID period has not changed and I tend to listen to the periods in my life that have been behind my daily life.

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Time Tadder, black is a color

Michael E. Marquez