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Timothy Curtis

Philadelphia, PA

Timothy Curtis is a self-taught artist from Philadelphia where he was first introduced to the arts as a young child via graffiti writing. Following his release from a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence, Curtis moved to New York City where he established a focused studio practice in late 2015. While incarcerated he immersed himself in the study of art history, drawing, and painting. Building on this foundation he formed a mural painting crew, consisting of artists sentenced to life in prison, to create colorful, and educational murals around the prison campus. Their focus was to motivate, inspire, and add life and energy to the prisoner’s experience. The first program of its kind in the Pennsylvania State Correctional system, it was led by Curtis and several other prisoners. Since his release, Curtis has gone on to have a studio practice resulting in solo presentations of his work in Tokyo, New York City, Berlin, and Paris to name a few. His work was included in the 2019 group exhibition The Pencil is a Key: Drawings by Incarcerated Artists at The Drawing Center, New York City. He was also included in The Echo of Picasso at Museum Picasso, Malaga, Spain, 2024, as well as The Echo of Picasso at Almine Rech, New York City, 2023. Curtis recently opened his first solo museum exhibition, Inkblots and Feelings Charts, at Atlanta Contemporary in Atlanta, Georgia. He is set to present new works in a solo exhibition at Almine Rech, New York City in 2025.