Timo Grim (1990) is a young artist from Hamburg, Germany. In his work, he is primarily concerned with the possibilities offered by the medium of painting in the age of globalization and digitalization. In a way, his art is a counter-reaction to the production of digital images.


Timo Grimm’s works are illusions. On the first view, his works appear to be broken tiles based on Dutch 17th century examples, but on a closer inspection what we see is a painting in oil on canvas. This material confusion is triggered by real cracks across the paintings. These cracks are the result of a complex construction of the frame, which was broken into pieces, then stretched individually and put together again. Through this unique and complicated process of disassembling and reconstruction of essentially basic materials, the wooden frame and canvas, the viewer’s attention is brought to the possibilities of the medium itself. This method is a contra position to a new era of art-making, which often assimilates digital or technological mediums in order to be developed. Grimm in his works achieves this development only with the use of the traditional materials of painting. In his formally chanced canvases he brings a new narration to the traditional imagery. It’s his way of acknowledging the craftsmen who imitated and adopted the images of art prints and sciences books which they took as a starting point in their work as artisans. In a way, Grimm is using the same methods as those before him: he picks up aspects from their work and connects them in a new way, passing it on and giving it new meaning.